The Trump administration had the legal right to send the active-duty troops to the southern U.S. border to support the Department of Homeland Security, an inspector general’s report found.
Some lawmakers in Congress disputed the legality of the move, but the Defense Department Inspector General’s Office reported that the deployments and the agency’s funding of them were legal.
In April 2018, President Donald Trump authorized the deployment of National Guard troops to assist Border Patrol agents. He later sent active-duty troops to the border. The troops are expected to continue their missions through Sept. 30, 2021.
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