BEIJING, July 9 (Xinhua) -- According to foreign media reports, on July 8, the Pentagon said that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security had asked the Defense Department to allow an additional 1,000 soldiers to help cope with the immigration crisis on the Texas-Mexico border.
In a statement, the Pentagon said it was asked to authorize 1,000 Texas National Guard officers to support Customs and Border Protection Agency (CBP) officials.
Reported that although the Pentagon did not specify when they received the request, or whether they had made a decision, but the statement has indicated that Texas Governor Abbott has agreed to requisition the National Guard to support CBP.
Previously, there were reports that the Immigration Center in Texas had poor environmental conditions, and hundreds of children in the center did not have clean clothes, water and soap. A Democratic lawmaker also said that some female immigrants were housed in houses without running water and told by border officials that they could only drink toilet water.
According to Border Patrol data, the United States detained 223,263 people in the Rio Grande Valley between October 2018 and May 2019, an increase of 124% over the same period in 2018.
In April 2019, the U.S. Department of Defense said it would send about 320 additional soldiers to the southern border. At present, about 2,900 active servicemen and 2,000 members of the National Guard are on duty in the border area.