Rep. Adam Kinzinger Deployed With Air National Guard Unit to U.S.-Mexico Border - NBC Chicago
Ward Room
Covering Chicago's nine political influencers

Rep. Adam Kinzinger Deployed With Air National Guard Unit to U.S.-Mexico Border

As of this week, the military had installed about 105 miles of wire barriers along the border, and plans to put in another 140 miles of concertina wire.

    processing...

    NEWSLETTERS

    Rep. Adam Kinzinger Deployed With Air National Guard Unit to U.S.-Mexico Border
    AP
    Members of the U.S. military install multiple tiers of concertina wire along the banks of the Rio Grande near the Juarez-Lincoln Bridge at the U.S.-Mexico border, Friday, Nov. 16, 2018, in Laredo, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

    An Illinois congressman has been deployed with his Air National Guard unit to the U.S.-Mexico border.

    Rep. Adam Kinzinger, of the 16th Congressional District serves as a reconnaissance pilot and holds the rank of lieutenant colonel, his office said.

    U.S. active-duty troops from dozens of units around the country are flowing to the southern border, as part of the latest plan to send 3,750 new forces to beef up surveillance and install more wire barriers, the Associated Press reported. Wednesday.

    As of this week, the military had installed about 105 miles of wire barriers along the border, and plans to put in another 140 miles of concertina wire. The bulk of that will be in California and Arizona, in locations between ports of entry that are identified by U.S. Customs and Border Protection as vulnerable.

    Impeachment: Former Ukraine Ambassador Bill Taylor Testifies

    [NATL] Impeachment: Former Ukraine Ambassador Bill Taylor Testifies

    Former Ambassador to Ukraine Bill Taylor testifies before Congress Tuesday as the impeachment inquiry continues. Taylor texted "I Think It's Crazy To Withhold Security Assistance For Help With A Political Campaign" to a colleague as President Trump was threatening to withhold Ukraine military aid. NBC's Tracie Potts reports.

    (Published Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2019)

    Many of the troops who have been serving on the border mission are going home. As of Monday, there were a bit more than 2,000 active-duty forces there. That number is expected to go up to more than 4,300.

    Kinzinger’s office said he was “humbled” to serve the 16th District both as a congressman and as a pilot in the Air National Guard.

    “In both of these roles, Congressman Kinzinger fights to make our national security stronger, our border more secure, and our communities safer,” his communications director, Maura Gillespie, said in a statement.

    Syrian Kurds Pelt Withdrawing US Troops With Potatoes

    [NATL] Syrian Kurds Pelt Withdrawing US Troops With Potatoes

    Residents of a Kurdish-dominated Syrian city have pelted U.S. troops with potatoes as they drove through, apparently on their way out from Syria. Angry Qamishli residents hurled potatoes, shouting "No America" and "America liar," in English.

    (Published Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2019)

    The congressman’s D.C. and Illinois offices will stay open in his absence, Gillespie said.

    Get the latest from NBC Chicago anywhere, anytime

    • Download the NBC Chicago App

      Download the App

      Available for iOS and Android