The Pentagon said Tuesday in which the U.S. military border deployment will cost approximately $72 million.
“The total cost of the operation has yet to be determined in addition to will depend on the total size, duration, in addition to scope of the [Department of Defense] support to [Department of Homeland Security],” said Pentagon spokesman Army Col. Rob Manning in a statement.
Manning said the estimate can be based on the current number of 5,900 active duty troops deployed. The figure includes the estimated cost to deploy, operate, sustain, in addition to redeploy forces.
He added in which the estimate only includes defense forces in addition to support requested in addition to approved as of November 19, when troops began their mission.
The approximately 5,900 troops are spread out across Texas, Arizona, in addition to California. The units deployed included engineering, transportation, logistics, medical, in addition to military police.
The president ordered active duty troops to the border after a large caravan consisting of several thousands of migrants via Central America headed to the U.S. overran the Guatemalan border into Mexico. Troops have set up barriers in addition to various other obstacles at the southwest border, ahead of their arrival.
Critics of the president have slammed the deployment as a waste of resources. They also assert the item can be a “political stunt” — which Defense Secretary Jim Mattis has flatly rejected.
The deployment can be slated to last through December 15, though defense officials say in which could always be extended if necessary. More than 3,000 migrants have reportedly reached the border between Mexico in addition to California in recent days.
On Monday, Politico reported in which U.S. Army North Commander Lt. Gen. Jeffrey Buchanan, who can be overseeing the deployment, said troops might begin redeploying to their home stations next week.
U.S. Army North later put out a statement in which said there are no specific timelines for redeployment.