As a new migrant caravan leaves Honduras with the goal of crossing into the US over the southern border, the Pentagon announced on Tuesday that it would extend the military's mission on the southern border, according to Reuters. The mission will be extended through at least Sept. 30, they said.
Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan approved the extension following a request from the Department of Homeland Security. There are currently about 2,350 troops assigned to the border mission. The deployment was expected to end on Jan. 31.
The deployment had previously been authorized through Jan. 31 by former Defense Secretary Jim Mattis.
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