Rep. Adam Kinzinger has been provided to the U.S.-Mexico border with his Air National Guard unit, according to his spokeswoman.
(Rep. Adam Kinzinger)
Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill., was provided to the U.S.-Mexican border with his Air National Guard unit and is a Lieutenant in active service as a Colonel, his spokeswoman said on Wednesday.
The spokeswoman, Maura Gillespie, said in a statement that Kinzinger would not leave the USA while on deployment.
The 40-year-old legislator, a veteran of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, was elected to a fifth congressional term in November.
“The Congressman is to serve, to be humble, to serve his IL-16-community here in the People’s house, and just as proud of, as a reconnaissance pilot in the Air Guard,” Gillespie said. “In both roles, the Congressman Kinzinger will fight for our national security, our border more secure and our communities safer.”
BORDER SECURITY PACKAGE MEETS HURDLES IN THE FINAL STRETCH
Last week, the Pentagon has announced that 3,750 additional active service would be deployed troops to the southern border to install to beef up surveillance and more wire barriers.
Since this week, the military is about 105 miles of wire had installed barriers along the border; it plans a further 140 miles of concertina wire in place. The bulk of which will be identified in California and Arizona, in locations between ports of entry, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) as vulnerable.
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Many of the incoming troops to replace the previously deployed soldiers, who served in the border of the mission. The new deployment will be the number of active duty forces around 4,350 increases.
President Trump ordered the initial deployments in October of 2018, in response to the imminent arrival at the border a caravan of asylum-seekers from Central America.
The Pentagon has approved an expanded U.S. deployment at the border until the end of September.
Fox News’ Mike Emanuel and The Associated Press contributed to this report.