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US Looking To Extend Troop Deployment At Border Through Christmas

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US Looking To Extend Troop Deployment At Border Through Christmas
The request from Homeland Security asks for troops to be deployed through the end of January.
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The Department of Homeland Security is asking the Pentagon to extend troop deployments at the southern border by more than a month. 

In a statement Friday a DHS spokesperson said the department has asked the deployment be extended due to what she called the, "ongoing threat" of Central American migrants at the border. 

The department is also reportedly looking to reduce the overall deployment to about 4,000 troops. The bulk of the current deployment is in Texas, far from Tijuana, where thousands of people from Honduras, El Salvador, and elsewhere have been camped out for weeks. 

Politico reported Friday morning Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen has also requested federal agencies send civilian law enforcement to the border as well. 

Additional reporting by Newsy affiliate CNN