Brace yourselves: Secretary of Defense James Mattis and his death stare are headed to the southwest border on Wednesday.
- Mattis will arrive at the U.S.-Mexico border on Nov. 14 to "receive an update from his forces," as Fox News reports.
- Thousands of U.S. troops began arriving at the border earlier this month as part of the since-unnamed Operation Faithful Patriot to provide support to U.S. Customs and Border Patrol personnel.
- Prohibited by U.S. law from participating in actual immigration enforcement activities, U.S. military personnel are effectively performing grunt work as part of the deployment: unspooling concertina, repairing infrastructure, and shoveling shit, among other things.
- When asked by Military Times' Tara Copp about the cost of the deployment, Mattis replied: "We’ll update you on costs as they become known. Obviously the units executing the border mission have got to report them right up here. We are capturing the costs."