More Troops May Be Sent to the Southern Border

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More Troops May Be Sent to the Southern Border

President Trump told reporters Wednesday that he's "going to have to call up more military."


More Troops May Be Sent to the Southern Border

More U.S. troops might soon be heading to the U.S.-Mexico border.

While attending  a Texas fundraiser on Wednesday , President Donald Trump said he's "going to have to call up more military" after talking with donors about migrants who've died after illegally crossing into the U.S. The president's statement comes after U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced it apprehended more than 92,000 people between ports of entry along the southern border in March — that's the  highest number of monthly arrests  in more than a decade.

Multiple outlets report there are  roughly 5,000  active-duty and National Guard troops currently deployed near the border.  Those troops have been supporting U.S. Customs and Border Protection efforts by helping with surveillance, reinforcing barriers, and providing medical support and temporary housing.

When asked about President Trump's comments, a Pentagon spokesman  told reporters , "We support our federal partners." On Wednesday, acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan told reporters he thought the high number of migrants trying to cross the border would lead the Department of Homeland Security to request more assistance from U.S. troops.

Additional reporting from  Newsy affiliate CNN .

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