The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is asking for 1,000 additional Texas National Guard troops “to provide supplemental holding and port of entry enforcement support” to Customs and Border Protection (CBP) in the state, the Department of Defense told The Hill on Monday.
The Pentagon has not yet approved the request, which was made last week.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) has agreed to the use of the National Guard to assist CBP at the border, said Maj. Chris Mitchell, a Pentagon spokesperson.
“Supplemental holding support is requested for CBP holding facilities located at Donna and Tornillo, Texas,” he said.
“These holding facilities house single adult migrants who have illegally entered the United States, been processed by CBP, and are awaiting transfer to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention facilities. These holding facilities will be owned, operated, and managed by CBP.”