Amid coronavirus, Trump’s administration is sending 540 troops to the border with Mexico in a bid to prevent the spread of the infection.
Mark Esper Defense Secretary approved the request of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to send over 500 military personnel to support Customs as well as the Border Protections operations on the southern border.
The agreement between the Defense Secretary and the Department of Homeland Security will be in place until the end of September, VisaGuide.World reports.
“At a time when Americans face profound public health and national security threat posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, it is imperative that the men and women of law enforcement have the support they need to prevent public health threats from entering the country through our borders,” a DHS official pointed out.
The troops will help in the detection and monitoring of activity across the border.
One of the main priorities of President Trump’s presidency is the border security, especially after the crisis at the southern border, last spring when more than 100,000 migrants flooded to the border.
Trump announced new precautionary measures amid the virus, to contain the spread of the virus, as the US is now the new epicentre of the COVID-19.
As a large share of countries, the US has also closed its borders to all internationals.
Trump’s administration also revealed this month that immigrants would be sent back to their countries, to halt the spread of the virus.
Amid coronavirus pandemic, the US Citizenship and Immigration Services decided to temporarily extend the closure of its offices all around the country, until May 3.
USCIS temporarily suspended its services on March 18, and the officed was supposed to open on April 7.
The US is reported to have 205,035 coronavirus cases, while 4,516 persons have already died.