"We need to stop this caravan from entering the U.S.," said Rep. Mike McCaul (R-TX).
Not surprisingly, Democrats saw the announcement a bit differently.
"Sending thousands of troops to turn them away as if they are foreign invaders reflects the profound paranoia, fear, and hate fueling this administration’s immigration policies," said Sen. Ed Markey (D-MA).
"Those seeking asylum in America should be treated with compassion, not like enemies of the state," Markey added.
At recent campaign rallies, the President has eagerly talked about the caravan, as he calls for more money to be spent to build portions of a wall along the southern border, and denounces Democrats for not speaking out against the caravan.
"Republicans want strong borders, no crime, and no caravans, right? We don't want caravans," the President said Saturday during a rally in southern Illinois.
"We're not having caravans," as the crowd started the familiar chant of, "Build the wall."
As for what the active-duty soldiers can do along the border - the answer is, not that much - as like National Guard troops, they are only allowed to do support missions to help federal law enforcement agencies.
Pentagon officials said the extra troops would help with 'mission enhancing capabilities.'