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POLITICO – The 5,800 troops who were rushed to the southwest border amid President Donald Trump’s pre-election warnings about a refugee caravan will start coming home as early as this week — just as some of those migrants are beginning to arrive.

Democrats and Republicans have criticized the deployment as a ploy by the president to use active-duty military forces as a prop to try to stem Republican losses in this month’s midterm elections.

The general overseeing the deployment told POLITICO on Monday that the first troops will start heading home in the coming days as some are already unneeded, having completed the missions for which they were sent. 

The returning service members include engineering and logistics units whose jobs included placing concertina wire and other barriers to limit access to ports of entry at the U.S.-Mexico border.

Click here to read the full story in Politico.

Editor’s Note: The main image accompanying the above news clip shows U.S. Border Patrol agents and members of the military passing concertina wire during a tour of the San Ysidro port of entry Friday, Nov. 16, 2018, in San Diego. (Photo: Gregory Bull/AP)

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