Borderlands

Pentagon more than doubles active-duty troops deployed to border

WASHINGTON - The Defense Department will send an additional 3,750 active-duty troops to the southern border to string razor wire help with surveillance, bringing the number of soldiers supporting Customs and Border Protection officers to 4,350.

Pentagon defends use of active-duty troops to support border security

WASHINGTON - Pentagon officials told House lawmakers that there's nothing unusual about the 2,300 active-duty troops at the border, saying it mirrors deployments under previous administrations, but critics said the use of forces other than the National Guard is "highly unusual."