UNITED NEWS INTERNATIONAL (UNI) — President Donald Trump said that he plans to deploy troops along the U.S.-Mexico border until his signature border wall can be built.

Trump said on April 3 that he had been consulting with Defense Secretary James Mattis about the near-possibility of military deployments on the southern border.

Trump said that military presence on the border would continue until his wall was built.

The announcement represents a significant escalation of Trump’s efforts to crackdown on illegal immigration.

Typically, U.S. Border Patrol — not the military — is tasked with protecting the border.

However, former U.S. presidents have deployed National Guard troops to the border in the past to act in support roles.

Former President Barack Obama sent 1,200 troops in 2010 and former President George W. Bush dispatched 6,000 in 2006.