Patrick Shanahan, Acting Defense Secretary has approved the request by Department of Homeland Security to send 320 troops to the US-Mexico border to provide extra support to the custom and border protection. This was announced on Monday by the Pentagon.
The duties of the 320 troops sent will be to drive custom and border protection vehicles to ease the movement of immigrants and also keep track of migrant’s conditions who are in custom and border patrol custody. These duties were highlighted by the Pentagon spokesperson Lt. Col. Jamie Davies. The department of defense is also expected to be on hand so as to help in immigration and customs enforcement.
“Department of Defense personnel will not perform any law enforcement functions,” Jamie Davis said in a statement provided to the Media. “In any situation that requires DoD personnel to be in proximity to migrants, Department of Homeland Security law enforcement personnel will be present to conduct all custodial and law enforcement functions, and provide force protection of military personnel.”
Currently, there are 2900 DoD troops in support of the Homeland security at the border and an additional of 2000 national guard troops. The troops are prohibited from having any direct contact with the immigrant and that is left for the Department of Homeland security.
The project is expected to come at a cost, as it will cost the United States government and whopping $7.4 million through September 30th.