The Pentagon has decided to deploy additional 3,750 American troops forces to the United States southwest border along with Mexico for about next three month in order to support their border agents, the US department of defence has said on Sunday.
According to Reuters news reports, the department said the deployment of the force would further raise the total number of the active-duty troops supporting the customs and border protection agents at the US-Mexico border to around 4,350. The Pentagon has declared the official figures of troops days after a democratic leader had said around 3,500 additional troops would be deployed at the border.
During the annual State of Union address on Tuesday, the US President Donald Trump was expected to hold dialogues about immigration movement and his demand for a border wall along its border with Mexico.
Trump’s proposal for a border wall that included spending legislation has prompted a conflict with Democrats that has led to a 35-day partial government shutdown that has ended on January 25 but without any funds for Trump’s border wall. And, Trump has threatened again about the second federal shutdown or to declare a national emergency, if US lawmakers failed to reach the demand by February 15, in order to get funded for him wall demand.
In an interview with CBS News on Sunday, Trump said, “I don’t take anything off the table.”
The US president’s critics described the troops’ deployment as a political stunt and also scoffed at Trump’s comparison of the caravan of the Central American migrants to an “invasion”, including children and women.
The Pentagon has said American military will be operating mobile surveillance cameras in Texas, New Mexico, California, and Arizona, scheduled through September 30.