Unaffected by the government shutdown, the Department of Homeland Security requested military troops from the Department of Defense to build 160 miles of fencing along the California and Arizona borders.
The deployment will likely include combat and aviation units to add to the 2,300 active troops and 2,100 National Guard troops already at the border.
The request arrives as President Trump demands $5 billion from Congress for security and a wall along the southern border. Democrats, who took the majority of the House today, oppose a border wall. Speaker Pelosi told MSNBC in an interview that she will never allow funds to be paid for a border wall. "We can go through the back and forth. No. How many more times can we say no? Nothing for the wall," Pelosi said.
As thousands of Central Americans stream across the border, the Department of Defense also provides free medical care to the migrants after they successfully cross the border and request asylum in compliance with US law.
The Pentagon said they are considering which units to send, saying thousands more troops will be sent to the border to install fencing over a period of months and provide healthcare for migrants.
Clinton Gillespie is editor