DMN: Texas National Guard deployment to Mexico border extended until November, but cost still unknown
AUSTIN — Federal immigration officials are extending the tenure of the 1,000 National Guard troops Gov. Greg Abbott deployed to the southern border to help slow an influx of migrants.
In June, Abbott said the federal government would pay 100% of the costs for what would be a “short-term mission” to last through Sept. 30. In mid-August, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security requested an extension through Nov. 30.
The Pentagon, which is paying for the state’s deployment, has approved an extension through Nov. 15, spokesman Christian Mitchell said. But it is still unclear how much the mission has cost American taxpayers.