Pentagon IG opens review into troop deployment at the U.S.-Mexico border

The Pentagon inspector general has launched a review to determine whether the U.S. military deployment to the southern border is legal, according to a Department of Defense memo obtained by NBC News.

The review was opened three months after 30 members of Congress requested an investigation into whether the deployment violates a law that prohibits active duty military troops from carrying out law enforcement duties inside the U.S.

In a memo to military leaders, Glenn Fine, the principal deputy inspector general, said the evaluation will look into a range of areas, including the type of activities the troops are doing at the border, the training they received, and the cost of the deployments.

“We intend to conduct this important evaluation as expeditiously as possible,” Fine said in a statement.

The Department of Homeland Security didn’t respond to a request for comment.

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