Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan visited the border at McAllen, Texas, on Saturday and declared that the DoD is “not going to leave until the border is secure.”
On Friday, Shanahan had approved the use of $1.5 billion of DoD funds to build more than 80 miles of “barriers” along the border. This comes on top of $1 billion authorized for transfer earlier.
Shanahan was accompanied Saturday by Acting Secretary Kevin McAleenan of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), signalling a growing relationship between the two departments. Shanahan announced that he had appointed a two-star general, Ricky Waddell, to work with DHS to develop a plan for DoD assistance over a time frame of “at least two years,” to deal with the border crisis.
Currently, about 4,500 service members are stationed along the border. While prohibited from acting in a law enforcement capacity, they are engaged in erecting barriers, providing logistics,and transportation service and other activities in support of Customs and Border Protection.
For more, see the Washington Post.