DHS requesting more troops at border: report

The Department of Homeland Security has reportedly requested an additional deployment of U.S. troops to the border with Mexico to install concertina wire atop existing border fencing, adding months to the military's deployment.

NBC News reports that three U.S. officials confirmed DHS's request to Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick ShanahanPatrick Michael ShanahanEsper's chief of staff to depart at end of January Defense chief calls on European allies to be wary of China's investments, blasts Russia Pentagon chief approves 20 more miles of border wall MORE, while two of the officials added that at the current rate of construction it would likely mean U.S. troops deployed along the U.S. border until September.


DHS officials did not immediately respond to a request for comment from The Hill on NBC's report. The existing deployment of U.S. troops to the border is scheduled to end on Jan. 31.

The expanded mission would involve the installation of 160 miles of concertina wire atop existing border fences, NBC reports, similar to concertina wire installed at U.S. ports of entry in Texas, Arizona and California.

President TrumpDonald John TrumpWinners and losers from the South Carolina debate Five takeaways from the Democratic debate Democrats duke it out in most negative debate so far MORE has battled Congress for weeks over funding for border security measures at DHS, including for his planned wall along unprotected areas of the U.S-Mexico border which Democrats in Congress have vowed to oppose.

The resulting dispute over funding led to the ongoing partial government shutdown that began in December, which on Thursday stretched into its 13th day.