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DHS asks Pentagon for help at border ahead of migrant surge

The Department of Homeland Security has asked the Pentagon for help guarding the southern border as attempted border crossings remain high, a senior US general announced Thursday.

During an appearance before the Senate Armed Service Committee, Gen. Glen Vanherck, head of the North American Aerospace Defense Command, was pressed about whether the DHS administration had requested additional troops for the southern border.

“Sen. Inhofe, we have a request from the Department of Homeland Security,” Vanherck told Senior Member Jim Inhofe (R-Ok).

“The Department is currently in the planning phase to provide additional capabilities or capacity based on the potential for additional immigration or people coming to the southwestern border.”

The general gave no further information.

DHS did not immediately respond to the Post’s request for comment.

News of the request comes just months after two DHS officials told Reuters the border could see a massive spike in daily border arrests this spring, potentially reaching 9,000 arrests a day. Last summer – when the border was experiencing its peak of attempted border crossings – the daily average was about 6,500.

Gen. Glen VanHerck, commander of United States Northern Command and North American Aerospace Defense Command, testifies before the Senate Armed Services Committee hearing to endorse the stance of United States Northern Command and United States Southern Command on Capitol Hill in Washington investigate, Thursday, March 24, 2022.
General Glen Vanherck, commander of the North American Aerospace Defense Command, admitted the Department of Homeland Security has requested reinforcements at the US border.
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Asylum seekers from Ukraine wait for U.S. border authorities to let them in at the Mexican side of the San Ysidro Crossing port in Tijuana, Baja California state, Mexico, March 24, 2022.
DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas has vowed to maintain a “humane immigration system” as migrant crossings continue to increase.
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One of the officials described the number as a “worst-case scenario”.

In February, a report revealed that Customs and Border Protection officers expect up to 13,000 unaccompanied children to cross the border in May alone.

To help with the response, CBP is sending additional agents to the Mexican border to deal with the surge in fears, the agency announced earlier this month.

Anastasiia Apenkina, 21, an asylum seeker from Ukraine, waits with other asylum seekers from her country for US border officials to pick her up on April 24.
President Joe Biden has not commented on the border situation in light of the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
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Asylum seekers from Ukraine arrive at the San Ysidro Crossing port in Tijuana, Mexico, on March 24, 2022.
Asylum seekers from Ukraine arrive at the San Ysidro Crossing port in Tijuana, Mexico, on March 24, 2022.
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“Due to fluctuations along the southwest border, U.S. Customs and Border Protection is deploying additional border patrol agents to the Rio Grande Valley sector area of ​​operations,” the agency said in a statement.

That wasn’t enough, however, as DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas days later called for volunteers from agencies within the ministry to help combat the expected surge.

“Today I activated the Volunteer Force to support Customs and Border Protection (CBP) as they face a surge in migration along the Southwest border,” Mayorkas wrote in an email sent to DHS staff and was obtained from Fox News.

Asylum seekers from Ukraine wait for U.S. border authorities to let them in at the Mexican side of the San Ysidro Crossing port in Tijuana, Baja California state, Mexico, March 24, 2022.
US Customs and Border Protection promises to deploy more patrol officers in response to influx of undocumented immigrants.
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Anastasiia Apenkina, an asylum seeker from Ukraine, waits to be processed by U.S. Border Patrol at the San Ysidro Crossing Port in Tijuana, Mexico March 24, 2022.
Anastasiia Apenkina, an asylum seeker from Ukraine, waits to be processed by U.S. Border Patrol at the San Ysidro Crossing Port in Tijuana, Mexico March 24, 2022.
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“You’ve probably seen the news of the overwhelming number of migrants seeking entry into this country along the south-west border. President Biden and I are committed to ensuring our nation has a safe, orderly, and humane immigration system while we continue to balance all other critical DHS missions,” he continued.

The secretary said those who joined the volunteer force would be deployed in a non-law enforcement capacity, such as B. managing property, preparing meals, conducting supply runs, prescription drug runs, housekeeping, and assisting in control rooms.

In addition, officials at the ministry are concerned there could be a massive influx if the administration repeals Title 42, which allows border officials to expel migrants without hearing asylum claims related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Officials anticipate a possible influx of up to 170,000 people.

Anastasiia Apenkina 21 (L), an asylum seeker from Ukraine, waits with other asylum seekers from her country for U.S. border officials to let them in March 24 at the Mexican side of the San Ysidro Crossing port in Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico , 2022.
The Biden administration has promised to take in about 100,000 Ukrainian refugees.
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Asylum seekers from Ukraine wait for U.S. border authorities to let them in at the Mexican side of the San Ysidro Crossing port in Tijuana, Baja California state, Mexico, March 24, 2022.
Department of Homeland Security officials fear the number of arrests at the border could soon soar to 9,000 a day.
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While the number of attempted border crossings has fallen drastically since its peak in July, the number of border crossings surged again in February, with border officials reporting nearly 165,000 in February, a 6.6 percent increase from January.

Border crossings are likely to remain high in March as the US expects hundreds of Ukrainian refugees to cross the border from Mexico amid the month-long Russian invasion. This week the government announced that it will take in up to 100,000 Ukrainian refugees.

Ukrainian refugees will not face much trouble at the border as Mayorkas announced last week that they are exempt from Title 42.

Asylum seekers from Ukraine wait for U.S. border authorities to let them in at the Mexican side of the San Ysidro Crossing port in Tijuana, Baja California state, Mexico, March 24, 2022.
Department of Homeland Security officials claim more migrants will come as the Biden administration lifts COVID-19 restrictions.
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“We process an individual’s humanitarian aid application as soon as it is presented to us,” Mayorkas said. “We have already launched a number of efforts to provide humanitarian assistance to people fleeing war-torn Ukraine. We are exploring other programs that we can implement to expand humanitarian service opportunities.”

https://nypost.com/2022/03/25/dhs-asks-pentagon-for-help-at-border-ahead-of-migrant-surge/ DHS asks Pentagon for help at border ahead of migrant surge

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