Troop presence at the US border could extend beyond Dec. 15 if the Department of Defense (DOD) receives an extension order from the White House. In a presidential memorandum April 4, President Donald J. Trump said a “drastic surge of illegal activity on the southern border” is threatening national security.
Trump ordered 4,000 National Guard Troops to the Southern border of the United States, securing what Trump calls threats to national security from caravans of men, women and children fleeing tumultuous and violent circumstances in their own countries.
In October, Trump ordered the deployment of 5,200 active duty personnel to aid the Department of Homeland Security and US Customs and Border Protection in hardening the Southern border said Airforce General Terrence J. O’Shaugnessy on the DOD website. The deployment is called Operation Faithful Patriot.
Trump recently moved 300 soldiers from the border in Texas and Arizona to California to secure the border crossing in Tiauna, where tear gas was used on caravan crowds consisting of men, women and children, many of whom were seeking applications for asylum. There are currently 5,600 troops at the border, and officials are processing at least 100 asylum applications a day from people Trump calls trespassers.