About 5,600 active-duty troops are supporting CBP on the border as of Monday, according to a statement released by U.S. Northern Command to The Washington Post. That’s down from a height of about 5,900, suggesting that some service members already have been sent home.
About 2,400 troops are in Texas, 1,400 are in Arizona, and 1,800 are in California, NORTHCOM said. Last week, the numbers were reported at about 2,800 in Texas, 1,500 in Arizona and 1,500 in California.
The recognition of more U.S. troops working on the California border comes a day after a clash at the San Ysidro border crossing there prompted CBP officers to take the rare step of firing tear gas into Mexico.
Lt. Gen. Jeffrey Buchanan, an Army general overseeing the deployment, said last week that he expected some U.S. troops could eventually be sent home as they were no longer needed. However, Pentagon officials have been vague about when that will occur or where.