Mani Albrecht/

Someone over at the Department of Homeland Security is using a terribly-programmed bot to write their press releases or they just can't write proper English.

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WASHINGTON — The Trump administration plans to grant U.S. troops on the Mexican border the authority to use force to help protect Border Patrol officers, defense officials said Tuesday, a significant widening of a mission already criticized as politically motivated rather than a national security priority.

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U.S. Customs and Border Protection Office of Public Affairs/Ralph Desio

The Pentagon is sending 800 or more additional troops to the Southwest border in response to President Donald Trump’s vow to use the military to block a caravan of Central American immigrants from entering the United States, a U.S. official said.

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Defense Department photo / Army Sgt. Amber I. Smith.

Shortly before President Trump signed an executive order ending the separation of migrant children from their parents Wednesday afternoon, reporters peppered Defense Secretary James Mattis with questions about whether the children would be lodged at U.S. military bases.

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Coast Guard photo / Telfair Brown.

The Trump administration’s policy of separating the children of undocumented border-crossers from their parents is “a disaster and it will get worse rapidly,” retired Army Gen. Barry McCaffrey told Task & Purpose on Wednesday.

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Texas Military Department/ Sgt. Mark Otte

Texas' homeland security chief lauded the deployment of National Guard troops to the border on Thursday, telling Congress the situation remains dire even as questions mount about the costs, lack of planning, and impact on military readiness.

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