The Department of Homeland Security is asking the military for help dealing with the influx of migrants.
Two administration officials say that the request includes tents for large numbers of people.
The request, delivered to the pentagon Friday night, came as Customs and Border Protection predicted it would surpass half a million migrants crossing the border so far this fiscal year.
Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan is considering the Homeland Security’s request.
Meanwhile, some lawmakers are warning of a lack of resources at the border with Canada.
This, as border agents are diverted to assist with efforts at the southern border.
In a letter to the acting secretary of Homeland Security, a bipartisan group of 13 representatives from northern border states expressed concerns.
They say the infrastructure and resources on the northern border is essential to protecting the country.
Lawmakers also caution that low staffing will lead to delays at crossings.