The Pentagon announced Sunday that it is sending nearly 4,000 more troops to the southern border with Mexico.
On Sunday the Pentagon released a statement saying that it is sending 3,750 U.S. soldiers to the border.
According to The Hill:
According to a statement released by the Defense Department, 3,750 troops will head to the border for 90 days to aid in placing razor wire along the border, as well as with mobile surveillance operations. The deployment will bring the number of active-duty forces in the area supporting Customs and Border Protection to roughly 4,350.
About 2,400 active duty forces are already at the border, but some of that number are preparing to go home . They will be replaced by the new deployment.
Of course, Congress is still debating with the president the idea of adding border security spending to the budget.
But the leaders of the Democrat-controlled House of Representatives are refusing to deal in good faith on the issue and have preemptively refused to OK spending for the border.
This leaves the president in the position of looking to to shift funding from programs he already controls to border security spending by declaring a national emergency to begin shifting the funds.
Democrats have criticized the the deployment of troops to the border saying it undermines America’s military readiness.
As Fox News noted:
Last week, members of the House Armed Services Committee grilled top defense and military leaders about the border mission, demanding details on its impact on military readiness and whether needed training and other jobs were not being done as a result.
“What impact does it have to readiness to send several thousand troops down to the Southern border? It interrupts their training. It interrup
However, no proof of the Democrats’ claim has been seen since the deployments began.
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