Pentagon gets request to extend Mexico border deployment
The Pentagon declined to comment. U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, who would have to sign off, suggested earlier this week such a request was being developed as the U.S. Department of Homeland Security looked for military support hardening the U.S.-Mexico border to stem illegal immigration.
Critics, including Democrats in Congress, have derided the deployment as a political stunt. (Reporting by Phil Stewart; editing by Jonathan Oatis)
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