Republican U.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger talks about the way forward in the nearly 16-year-old conflict, now the country's longest war during a conversation with with former U.S. Rep. Jane Harman at the Wilson Center, on May 25, 2017 in Washington, DC. (Sipa/Olivier Douliery/Abaca via Associated Press)

Illinois Rep. Adam Kinzinger has been deployed to the U.S-Mexico border with his Air National Guard unit, according to a statement posted on social media.

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Dept. of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen visits the San Luis II Commercial Port of Entry in Arizona. During Secretary Nielsen's visit she met with the Governor of Arizona, Doug Ducey and members from the National Guard. Secretary Nielsen toured the Border Wall between the United States and Mexico near the port. (U.S. Customs and Border Protection/Mani Albrecht)

While National Guard troops sent to the border are withdrawing in other states, Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey says those here will remain.

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Soldiers deploy concertina wire in a location along the Southwest border of the United States near Hidalgo, Texas. U.S. Army North is deployed to the southwest border under the authority of U.S. Northern Command to support the Department of Homeland Security and the Customs and Border Protection's mission to secure the border. (U.S. Customs and Border Patrol)

California Gov. Gavin Newsom followed the lead of New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham Monday, and announced he would pull a majority of National Guard troops from the U.S.-Mexico border.

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Soldiers deploy concertina wire in a location along the Southwest border of the United States near Hidalgo, Texas. U.S. Army North is deployed to the southwest border under the authority of U.S. Northern Command to support the Department of Homeland Security and the Customs and Border Protection's mission to secure the border. (U.S. Customs and Border Patrol)

Approximately 3,750 fresh U.S. service members will deploy to the the southwest border provide additional support to U.S. Customs and Border Patrol personnel, the Department of Defense announced on Sunday.

  • That additional support includes "a mobile surveillance capability" through the end of September 2019, in additional to "the emplacement of approximately 150 miles of concertina wire between ports of entry," according to the Pentagon announcement.
  • Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan approved the deployment on Jan. 11, per the Pentagon, but the estimated troop numbers were first disclosed to the public by House Armed Services Committee Rep. Adam Smith (D-Calif.) on Thursday after DoD officials failed to mention it during a congressional hearing the previous Tuesday.
  • "This is a violation of the executive branch's obligation to be transparent with Congress, which oversees, authorizes, and funds its operations," Smith said. "It also raises questions about whether the department thinks the policy of sending additional troops to the border is so unjustified that they cannot defend an increase in public."
  • The Pentagon said that officials hadn't yet announced the deployment, which includes 250 more service members than the 3,500 noted by Smith, "because it is still determining which units will be sent to the border," as Task & Purpose's Jeff Schogol reported on Tuesday
  • The deployment will bring the total number of active-duty forces currently assisting CPB personnel at the U.S.-Mexico border to 4,350.

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The Pentagon expects to deploy thousands more active-duty troops as part of the ongoing mission to the U.S./Mexico border, which is slated to last until September, Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan said on Tuesday.

The Department of Homeland Security has asked the military to lay more concertina wire and expand border surveillance, Shanahan said during a Pentagon news conference.

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