US Department of Homeland Security Requests 1,000 Soldiers to Manage Migrant Crisis

Trump lashes out at media following reports of crowded and unsanitary conditions at Border Patrol stations

Trump lashes out at media following reports of crowded and unsanitary conditions at Border Patrol stations

U.S. Branch of Homeland Security authorities knew in 2016 about a private Facebook bunch where outskirt operators posted bigot and sexist remarks, acting DHS Secretary Kevin McAleenan said on Sunday.

In April the US Defense Department said it would deploy about 320 additional troops to the southern border, adding to around 2,900 active duty military and 2,000 National Guard members now posted to the boundary region.

"We have no evidence that children went hungry", McAleenan told "This Week" Co-Anchor Martha Raddatz.

"Every in chain of command is anxious about the situation for children", he said.

McAleenan, who previously served as the head of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, said the agency has taken protective measures including building temporary processing facilities and ramping up medical staff.

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The report came a day after a group of Democratic lawmakers toured the detention centres and denounced the conditions as "horrifying". "All problems solved!" Trump wrote on Twitter this week.

"DHS requests authorization for 1,000 Texas National Guard members... to provide supplemental holding and Port of Entry (POE) enforcement support to CBP within the State of Texas", the statement said.

"I'm not denying that there are challenging situations at the border, I've been the one talking about it the most", McAleenan said. Chris Mitchell, a Pentagon spokesman, told CNN, while adding that "these holding facilities will be owned, operated, and managed by CBP".

A government watchdog office last week reported severe overcrowding in Texas' Rio Grande Valley, a busy corridor for illegal crossings.

McAleenan said his agency is working toward solutions, and that "we've done a tremendous amount". "We only have 350 after yesterday afternoon's report and only 20 of those children have been with us more than three days so that's a huge improvement based on the resources we asked for from Congress and were finally given", McAleenan said on ABC's "This Week".

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