2018, file photo, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis listens to a question during a hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington. The Trump administration’s request for the Pentagon to house migrants detained at the U.S. southern border and even provide lawyers to prosecute them is drawing congressional criticism that it puts undue strain on the military. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)

Defense Secretary announced on Thursday he will be sending 800 troops to the U.S-Mexican border in response to the migrant caravan.

According to the Military Times, 800 active-duty troops, not the National Guard, are being deployed to the border to reinforce the 2,100 National Guardsmen already in place.

The Department of Defense spokesperson released the following statement to the media:

At this time, I can only confirm that the Department of Defense continues to monitor events along the Southwest U.S. border, including the status of the migrant caravan heading north through Mexico. We anticipate receiving a request for assistance (RFA) from the Department of Homeland Security and are currently working with DHS to determine the specifics of our support to Customs and Border Protection (CBP).

DoD is committed to continuing its support to ensure the safety and security of CBP personnel involved in border security operations, increase the effectiveness of those operations, as well as support DHS efforts to stem the tide of illegal entry into the United States.

The troops are expected to play a support role to the U.S. Border Patrol agents along the U.S.- Mexico border.

The Associated Press broke the story of the announcement early on Thursday morning.



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