TRUTH PUKE’S TAKE: The Biden administration has authorized the deployment of 1,500 active-duty troops to the southern border to support U.S. immigration authorities as they cope with a surge in migrant crossings in anticipation of the termination of pandemic-related migration restrictions. The service members will not be involved in law enforcement duties but rather will provide operational and logistical support such as transportation, administrative work, narcotics detection, data entry, and warehouse support.
The deployment is expected to last 90 days and was requested by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). According to DHS, the additional military presence will enable border officials to perform their critical law enforcement missions. Military personnel are not authorized to conduct civilian law enforcement, as per the 1878 federal law, and they will not interact with migrants.
This move is intended to relieve some of the pressure on Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officials, who are preparing for a significant increase in crossings once they can no longer expel migrants under Title 42, the public health restriction first enacted in March 2020. The policy is set to end on May 11, once the national COVID-19 public health emergency expires. The deployment is part of the U.S. government’s ongoing efforts to combat illegal border crossings and international drug trafficking.
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