Border Hundreds of National Guardsmen Remain Deployed At The Border. For Some, It's A Plum Assignment By Carson Frame • Mar 9, 2020 DeJon WIlliams / Texas Air National Guard For military personnel at the U.S.-Mexico border, including National Guard troops, it's an unusual assignment. Many are quartered in hotels, and their families are allowed to visit. The Life Of Troops Posted At The Border By Frank Stasio & Steve Walsh • Jun 18, 2019 Thousands of military personnel were deployed to the U.S.-Mexico border in the fall of last year. At the time President Donald Trump said their purpose was to bolster security and help reduce illegal border crossings. For Troops At The Border, Encounters With Migrants Are Rare By Steve Walsh • Jun 13, 2019 Christina Westover / U.S. Army During the eight months they've been deployed at the U.S.-Mexico border, military personnel have had little direct contact with the people at the center of the mission. Troops Have Installed Miles Of Concertina Wire At The U.S./Mexico Border, And More May Be Coming By Steve Walsh • Apr 26, 2019 Steve Walsh / American Homefront President Trump is considering sending a new round of troops to the southern border. The military withdrew some service members from the border in December, after they laid miles of concertina wire – large steel coils with razor-sharp teeth. Most Troops Have Left The Texas Border, And Opinions Are Mixed On What They Accomplished By Carson Frame • Jan 8, 2019 Reynaldo Leanos, Jr. / American Homefront Thousands of troops who were deployed to the border in the fall have left, but the Trump Administration may call for a second deployment of thousands more. Marines Lay Miles Of Concertina Wire Along Southern Border In San Diego By Steve Walsh • Nov 19, 2018 Steve Walsh / KPBS More than 5000 troops have been deployed to the border, mainly to build barriers to harden points of entry. Most troops are scheduled to leave the border within weeks. Some Local Residents Welcome Troops At The U.S./Mexican Border; Others Are Afraid By Carson Frame • Nov 12, 2018 Carson Frame / American Homefront Active-duty troops are now at the U.S. border with Mexico, two weeks after President Trump ordered the deployment in response to a large group of migrants headed north from Central America. The Cal. National Guard Is Working At the Mexican Border, But Mostly Behind The Scenes By Steve Walsh • May 24, 2018 Steve Walsh / American Homefront In California - a state with strong differences with the White House on immigration policy - about 400 troops are on border duty. But they're keeping a low profile.