(GoRealNewsNow.com) – The US Defense Department is sending 1,500 active-duty soldiers to the border with Mexico amid expectations that the expiration of the Title 42 expulsion policy will spark a further surge in the illegal immigrant influx.
The Pentagon is sending a contingent of US Army troops to the southern border to reinforce Customs and Border Protection (CBP) missions after the Department of Homeland Security requested the military presence, according to an unnamed US official cited by The Daily Caller.
The US Army troops will be armed but allowed to use their weapons only in self-defense. They will be helping Border Patrol officers, The National Review reported, citing a statement that an anonymous US government source gave to CNN.
“[The Defense Department agreed to] provide a temporary increase of an additional 1,500 military personnel, for 90 days, to supplement CBP efforts at the border,” the statement reveals.
“These 1,500 military personnel will fill critical capability gaps, such as ground-based detection and monitoring, data entry, and warehouse support, until CBP can address these needs through contracted support. They will not be doing any law enforcement work,” the source elaborated.
Thus, the US Army troops will take up “administrative, transportation, and monitoring roles” at the Southern Border, thus freeing up Border Patrol personnel.
The US Army detachment will join 2,500 National Guardsmen already stationed on the border.
Similar measures for boosting security on the US-Mexican border were implemented by Presidents George Bush in 2006, Barack Obama in 2010, and Donald Trump in 2018, The Review points out.
Since Title 42 was enacted in March 2020 by then-President Donald Trump, more than 2 million illegals have been deported under the policy for expulsion based on public health grounds.
More than 6 million illegal migrants, including about 2 million gotaways, have invaded the US since Joe Biden occupied the White House, as per CBP data and estimates.
On Monday, Border Patrol Chief Raul Ortiz announced on Twitter that federal agents had apprehended over 22,000 illegal aliens and captured over 800 pounds of methamphetamine in the preceding three days.
President Joe Biden’s Homeland Security Secretary, Alejandro Mayorkas, whom the Republicans have criticized no less than his superior for allowing the illegal immigrant invasion, said the end of Title 42 would be a challenge for his department.
“We have been preparing for this transition for more than a year and a half. Notwithstanding those preparations, we do expect that encounters at our southern border will [be] increasing, as smugglers are seeking to take advantage of this change and already are hard at work spreading disinformation that the border will be open after that,” Mayorkas told reporters.
“High encounters will place a strain on our entire system, including our dedicated and heroic workforce and our communities,” he added.
Title 42 expires on May 11, thus allowing many previously expelled migrants to seek to re-enter the United States.
Last week, President Joe Biden issued an executive order authorizing Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin and DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas to summon reserve troops for anti-drug missions at the border.