President Trump is augmenting the current deployment of troops at the border with an additional 3,750 personnel. The Washington Examiner reports:
The Pentagon announced on Sunday 3,750 additional U.S. forces will be deployed to the southern border to provide support to Customs and Border Protection.
These additional troops, who according to CNN will be deployed for 90 days, will bring the total number of active duty forces supporting CBP at the border to roughly 4,350. The number of troops being sent to the U.S.-Mexico border is slightly up from the 3,500 figure reported last week.
Last month, acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan said the U.S. military’s support mission at the southern border had been extended until September at the urging of the Department of Homeland Security.
“That support includes a mobile surveillance capability through the end of September 2019, as well as the emplacement of approximately 150 miles of concertina wire between ports of entry,” the Pentagon statement said Sunday.
The military has been a crucial asset for border security, setting up mobile barriers of concertina wire to block migrants from porous areas of the border. If only Congress would fund a wall, there would be no need to deploy soldiers on a more permanent basis to defend the integrity of America’s borders.