President Donald Trump said that he would send 2,000 to 4,000 National Guard troops to the U.S. Border with Mexico.
Speaking to reporters aboard Air Force One, Trump said he would keep the troops there until a border wall was built to keep out what his administration described as a surge in the number of attempted illegal border crossings.
To facilitate the process, the defense department on Thursday announced the formation of a new border security support cell, to serve as a single point of contact between the Pentagon and the Department of Homeland Security, which has the lead on Trump’s border security initiative.
Some lawmakers have raised concerns that in order to pay for the additional troops, the Pentagon will have to pull money from other, critical programs, including those for maintenance and safety upgrades.
For now, the plan is to use the National Guard troops to support customs and border patrol agents who are working in a law enforcement capacity