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    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) – The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has asked the Pentagon to extend the deployment of troops currently stationed along the US-Mexico border through the end of January, Department of Defence spokesperson Jamie Davis said in a statement.

    "Today, DHS submitted a request for assistance to the Department of Defence to extend its support through January 31, 2019," Davis said on Friday. "This request refines support to ensure it remains aligned with the current threat, the nature of the mission, and CBP [Customs and Border Protection] operational requirements."

    Last week the Pentagon said it planned a withdrawal of all 5,800 troops from the US southern border by Christmas.

    The active duty military personnel were deployed to the US border with Mexico in October to assist CBP upon the arrival of migrant caravans from Central America.

    The Defence Department is reinforcing priority ports of entry in the border states of Texas, Arizona and California. The Pentagon has deployed engineers and military police units, as well as troops who specialize in aviation, medical treatment and logistic.

    READ MORE: Mexico Rejects Washington's Requests to Block Migrants From Seeking Asylum in US

    The current cost of deploying American active-duty troops to the US-Mexico border in support of immigration enforcement amounts to at least $72 million, Department of Defence spokesperson Col. Rob Manning said in a statement.

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