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story.lead_photo.caption President Donald Trump turns as he talks to U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at McAllen International Airport as he prepares to leave after a visit to the southern border, Thursday, Jan. 10, 2019, in McAllen, Texas. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

WASHINGTON — U.S. officials say the Pentagon is finalizing plans that would send hundreds of additional active-duty troops to the U.S.-Mexico border for several more months to support the Department of Homeland Security and install another 160 miles of concertina wire in Arizona and California.

Details are being worked out, but the plan likely would extend the military's border mission though the end of September. The mission is separate from President Donald Trump's campaign to build a border wall but is designed to bolster security.

Officials said Friday the installation of the wire barrier is not expected to take that long, so troops doing that would be finished long before September.

There currently are 2,350 active-duty troops assigned to the border mission, which was slated to end Jan. 31.

The officials spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss details not yet approved.

Check back for updates and read Saturday's Arkansas Democrat-Gazette for full details.

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  • UoABarefootPhdFICYMCA
    January 11, 2019 at 12:08 p.m.

    I'm 110% okay with this.
    According to the United States Consitution ratified by all States as a founding principle, it's the FIRST and sometimes ONLY job of the U.S. Military.
    Bravo. Wow. Much insight.
    Shock. Awe.
    Silence

  • titleist10
    January 11, 2019 at 1:35 p.m.

    To pass through the gates of Heaven you have to meet certain criteria same should be applied to enter the USA

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