On Sunday the Pentagon announced it would be sending an additional 3,750 more active-duty troops to the U.S. border with Mexico.
The total active duty forces to at the border will be approximately 4,350 after the deployment allowing for some units currently stationed to return home.
“Additional units are being deployed for 90 days, and we will continue to evaluate the force composition required to meet the mission to protect and secure the southern border,” the Pentagon said.
According to Fox News, the announcement comes as a congressional committee seeks to reach a deal on border security funding to avert another partial government shutdown.
President Trump has hinted at declaring a national emergency if the deal doesn’t include funds for a border wall. The lack of an agreement on funding for a border wall closed portions of the government for 35 days.
Trump ordered the deployments in October 2018 in response to the impending arrival at the border of a caravan of asylum-seekers from Central America.
The new troops will be used to install additional wire barriers and provide a large new system of mobile surveillance and monitoring of the border area.
Members of the House Armed Services Committee questioned the need for troops at the border.
“What impact does it have to readiness to send several thousand troops down to the Southern border? It interrupts their training. It interrupts their dwell time,” said Rep. Adam Smith, D-Wash., and chairman of the committee.
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