The Department of Defence said on Sunday, February 3rd, that the Pentagon is to send 3,750 US forces to the southwest border with Mexico for three months to provide additional support to border agents.
The Department of Defence added, that the deployment will raise the total number of active-duty forces supporting Customs and Border Protection agents there to approximately 4,350. The additional units will be deployed for 90 days, Reuters reports.
The move was embraced by President Donald Trump's supporters, including fellow Republicans in Congress. The Pentagon first approved the high-profile deployment of active-duty US troops to the Mexico border in October, before the US midterm congressional elections.
According to the statement, US Representative Adam Smith, chairman of the House of Representatives Armed Services Committee, first disclosed plans to send more troops on Thursday as acting Defence Secretary Patrick Shanahan approved the deployment on 11th Jan.
Smith criticized senior Pentagon officials for failing to disclose the information during a hearing before his committee in Congress on the issue just two days earlier.