In a mission to
In a mission to «improve the aesthetic appearance» of portions of the wall along the U. S-Mexico border, active-duty troops will begin painting a stretch of border fence as part of a military deployment to secure the border at a time when tens of thousands of Central American families have been arriving in the U. S. and overwhelming the immigration system.
Border Patrol spokesman Carlos Pitones said troops on Friday will begin painting a one-mile section in Calexico, California, about 120 miles east of San Diego. The wall there has 30-foot-high rust-colored steel slats that were erected last year — the first border barriers built under President Donald Trump’s administration. Pitones declined to say which color they would be painted.
Sen. Dick Durbin called the wall-painting a «disgraceful misuse» of taxpayer money.
About 2,100 active-duty Marines and Army troops are on the border, along with an additional 1,900 National Guard members sent there by governors around the country. They are part of an aggressive use of Pentagon resources by Trump to secure the border, including his declaration of a national emergency that freed up billions of Defense Department dollars to build his long-promised wall.

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