Dec 4, 2018 - Politics & Policy

Troops to stay at U.S.-Mexico border through January

Troops eat Thanksgiving meal at southern border.

Photo: Tamir Kalifa/Getty Images

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis has approved the Department of Homeland Security‘s request to extend U.S. troops' mission at the southern border beyond the original December 15 mission end-date and through January 31, 2019, ABC News reports and a Department of Defense spokesperson confirmed to Axios.

Why it matters: The extension could keep troops on active duty through the holidays and new year. It wasn’t immediately clear if all of the roughly 6,000 troops will be asked to stay.

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