The Wall Street Journal: U.S. may extend troop deployment along border with Mexico

U.S. military and immigration officials are weighing plans to extend the deployment of troops along the Mexican border beyond their original mid-December end date, four U.S. officials said.

The Department of Homeland Security hasn’t made a formal request for the troops to stay, nor has the Pentagon issued updated orders, the officials said, but one called an extension “very likely.”

Last week, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said, “I have spoken with Secretary Mattis directly, and I have no doubt they will continue to partner with us in this mission until it is resolved.”

Tensions have been rising on the border as a caravan of migrants fleeing violence in Central America stalls on the Mexican side, awaiting the opportunity to apply for asylum in the U.S.

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