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Pentagon to send 3,7500 more troops to border

The Pentagon is sending 3,750 additional troops to the border for three months to support border agents.

The deployment will raise the total number of active-duty forces supporting Customs and Border Protection agents there to about 4,350.

The Pentagon disclosed the official figure days after a Democratic lawmaker said about 3,500 extra troops would be deployed.

President Trump is expected to talk about immigration and his proposal for a wall along the during the annual State of the Union address on Tuesday.

Trump’s demand that money for the wall be included in spending legislation prompted a 35-day partial federal government shutdown that ended on Jan. 25.

If lawmakers cannot reach a deal on the border security situation by Feb. 15, Trump has threatened to let the government shut down again or to declare a national emergency as a way to get the money needed.

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