1. Various of Defense Secretary Jim Mattis listening during tour of border
2. Cutaway of Mattis and Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen
3. Nielsen pointing out information for Mattis
4. Mattis and Nielsen walking
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Jim Mattis, Defense Secretary:
"Well there's all sorts of stuff in the news and that sort of thing, you just concentrate on what your company commander and your battalion commander tells you, because if you read all that stuff, you'll go nuts, you know what I mean? You know what your mission is here. You've got to deploy on short notice to a non-traditional location to do your job. So you focused on that, but the secretary and I here also to answer your questions and it's going to get real weird, if she and I are looking at you what you're looking and no one is talking. Know what I mean?"
6. Cutaway of Nielsen and Mattis talking to troop
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Jim Mattis, Defense Secretary:
"When the secretary decided that her Border Patrol needed help, she came to us, not because of me, look I had to rent a suit to come down here. No it's because of you and what you are every day. That's what I miss being around it. It is pretty humbling to be still part of you, I did for 40-something years. I've thought I would do a good out on the West Coast, but I flunked retirement."
"DHS has an amazing, collaborative relationship with the Department of Defense. Whether it's for natural disasters, whether it's cyber security or fighting the away game sp that we don't have to fight the home. And certainly border security is national security. And we all together are taking this really seriously, so we are honored to partner with you, we are proud of you. I want to thank you on behalf of DHS."
Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen are inspecting troops camped at the U.S.-Mexico border in Texas, even though the caravan of Central American migrants that prompted the deployment is headed to California .
Mattis and Nielsen on Wednesday visited the camp in Donna, Texas, near one of the bridges over the Rio Grande. Troops are staying in large tents on a field bounded by razor wire.
Soldiers have also laid wire at another bridge connecting McAllen, Texas, to Reynosa, Mexico.
About 5,800 active duty troops are deployed at the border , including about 1,000 in Texas. President Donald Trump said they must stop the migrant caravan walking through Mexico.
While Trump has largely fallen silent about the caravan since the November election, the troops remain stationed at the border.