District of Columbia — The Pentagon approved a Department of Homeland Security request to provide additional troops along the United States-Mexico Border.
They will provide 2,100 active duty troops to fulfill the request, consisting of 1,100 federal troops and 1,100 Texas National Guard members. With the new troops adding to the 4,500 already deployed, it brings the total to 6,600 troops deployed at the border.
In a statement, the Defense Department said, “Active Duty force deployments will increase in the next several weeks by approximately 1,100 personnel in support of Custom and Border Protection’s Operation Guardian Support mission. The move comes after the Trump Administration announced a new asylum rule on Monday barring asylum seekers from applying for asylum if they pass through another country first.