On Monday, new reports indicated that DHS has requested another 1,000 soldiers from the Texas National Guard, who would be used in an effort to assist in the growing crisis at the US-Mexico border.
According to the Department of Defense, the troops would serve “to provide supplemental holding, and port of entry enforcement support,” working with federal and local immigration officials.
Texas Governor Greg Abbott has reportedly agreed to the request, which will bring the number of military personnel at the border to around 7,000.
From The Hill:
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is asking for 1,000 additional Texas National Guard troops “to provide supplemental holding and port of entry enforcement support” to Customs and Border Protection (CBP) in the state, the Department of Defense told The Hill Monday.
The Pentagon has not yet approved the request, which was made last week.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) has agreed to the use of the National Guard to assist CBP at the border, Maj. Chris Mitchell, a Pentagon spokesperson, said.
“Supplemental holding support is requested for CBP holding facilities located at Donna and Tornillo, Texas,” he said.
“These holding facilities house single adult migrants who have illegally entered the United States, been processed by CBP, and are awaiting transfer to Immigration and Custom Enforcement (ICE) detention facilities. These holding facilities will be owned, operated, and managed by CBP.”
DHS did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
There were 6,000 troops at the border as of April, 2,100 of which were members of the National Guard.
The DHS request comes as the Trump administration has received increasing criticism for the treatment of migrants detained at the border.
The Department of Homeland Security Office of Inspector General recently released two reports detailing conditions in El Paso, Texas, and Rio Grande, Texas, facilities. The government watchdog found severe overcrowding, migrants being held too long and dirty conditions at many of the facilities.
The administration has deflected the criticism, saying stemming the flow of immigrants is a priority.
Apprehensions at the U.S.-Mexico border plummeted by 28 percent from May to June, the DHS estimates.