There is ‘No Specific Timeline’ for US Military to Leave Southern Border
Tuesday, US military commanders declared that there is “no specific timeline for redeployment” of troops that were sent to the Southwest border, despite an Army officer’s comment that troops will be done “by Christmas.”
US President Donald Trump ordered 5,800 troops to join the 2,000 National Guard stationed at the US-Mexico border, in response to a caravan of invading migrants making its way through Mexico.
“No specific timeline for redeployment has been determined,” a spokesman for US Northern Command’s Army component wrote in an email. “We will provide more details as they become available.”
The statement added, “We may shift some forces to other areas of the border to engineering support missions in California and other areas.”
Army Lt. General Jeffrey Buchanan, who is heading the deployment, said in an interview Monday that “the actual behavior of the caravans is more and more headed toward Tijuana, so while I have got to keep some forces in Texas, I have now shifted my main effort to California.”
“You’re going to see a couple of things over the next week, some redeployments,” he continued, saying that “by Christmas, it should be all. Our end date right now is 15 December, and I have got no indications from anybody that we’ll go beyond that.”
Some of the troops sent to America’s southern border with Mexico will start going home this week because the assignments for which they were deployed are complete.
It has been reported that US Army troops from engineering and logistics squads are about to go back to their home bases after the brief deployment to shore up border defenses. All of the troops deployed are still expected to wrap up the border mission some time before the end of this year, depending on command decisions as to the need at the border.