'Mad Dog' Mattis' Epic Response to Claims Border Force Politically Motivated
“The support that we provide to the secretary for homeland security is practical support based on the request from the commissioner of customs and border police, so we don't do stunts in this department,” Mattis told reporters at the Pentagon.
With less than a week until the midterm elections, President Trump has ordered the deployment of the troops in addition to 2,100 National Guardsmen at the border since April because he said a group of migrants walking north through Mexico is a threat to national security.
“We do this following storms, we do this in support of the Department of Homeland Security. This is a different aspect of it, but that's what we are doing,” Mattis said, according to a press pool report.
About 1,800 troops are expected to reach Texas by the end of the week, and the remainder of the force will later arrive and fan out to locations in Arizona, New Mexico, and California.
The deployment has received withering criticism from Democrats and the mainstream media.