Pentagon set to send cooks to Mexico border

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Published on April 26, 2019 - Duration: 01:10s

Pentagon set to send cooks to Mexico border

Cooks, driversand lawyers may be heading to the U.S. border with Mexico – the latest sign ofgrowing military support for President Donald Trump’s politically charged immigration policies.

Jane Lanhee Lee reports

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Pentagon set to send cooks to Mexico border

Cooks, drivers and lawyers may be heading to the U.S. border with Mexico – the latest sign of growing military support for President Donald Trump’s politically charged immigration policies.

The Pentagon said on Friday that it expected to send about 300 additional troops – including 100 cooks who would hand out meals to the migrants – breaking with past policy to avoid troops coming in contact with them.

The additional troops also include 160 drivers and 20 lawyers.

There are currently about 5000 active duty and National Guard troops near the border.

As the number of troops has risen, so has concern about the military’s role on the border with Mexico.

Earlier in the week Trump reiterated threats to close part of the U.S.-Mexico border if Mexico doesn’t block what described as a new caravan of migrants headed north.

Trump has made immigration a signature issue of his presidency and of his re-election campaign.

He declared a national emergency over the issue earlier this year in an effort to redirect funding from Congress to build a wall along the U.S. southern border.

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