BREAKING NEWS: Biden Administration Approves 1,500 U.S. Troops To Be Sent To Southern Border, Title 42 Deadline Coming Soon
Credit: The San Diego-Union Tribune
The Biden administration has just approved sending 1,500 active-duty U.S. troops to the southern border in the next few days. This comes amid concerns that tens of thousands of migrants will come into the country all at once when Title 42 is lifted.
Fox News reported:
The U.S. soldiers would come from a variety of active duty Army units and would serve for 90 days in mostly administrative and transport roles to free up law enforcement and Border Patrol, according to two senior U.S. officials familiar with the deliberations.
The 90-day deployment is not inconsistent with support to the border going back to the George W. Bush administration, a White House official said.
Officials said the troop deployment would be similar to deployments to the border ordered by former President Donald Trump. The troops would be armed for self-defense but would not assist with law enforcement.
Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has previously warned migrants that illegal entry into the U.S. “will result in removal.” The Biden administration is encouraging migrants to use the CBP One app to schedule appointments at points of entry where their asylum claims can be processed.
CBP statistics show that only about 46% of migrant encounters at the border result in a Title 42 expulsion.
Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas testified to Senate lawmakers last month and said that of the approximately 1.3 million migrants in FY 2022 who were processed via Title 8, only about 360,000 were deported.
Migrants who aren’t deported are put into immigration removal proceedings and released into the United States pending their hearings, which can take years to wait for. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) data shows that deportations have dropped significantly under the Biden administration.
In preparation for the end of Title 42, the Biden Administration has developed a new asylum rule that will bar migrants from being able to claim stylus if they have crossed into the United States illegally, have not scheduled an appointment via the CBP One app, and have not claimed asylum in a country through which they have previously passed.
Mayorkas has stressed that the “presumption of ineligibility” will be rebutted and that there are expeditions made for some people, Democrats and immigration activists claim it is similar to the Trump-era transit ban. They say it encroaches on the right of anyone from anywhere in the world to claim asylum at the U.S. southern border.
Sending troops to the southern border is very likely to enrage the left and to have comparisons drawn between Biden to Trump.
The anticipated migrant surge has prompted the administration to work more closely with Mexican authorities and NGO partners and look for different removal authorities under Title 8.
Fox News Digital reported:
Last month, Fox News Digital reported that the administration is preparing to hold “credible fear” screenings – the first step in claiming asylum – for migrants in CBP facilities. The Department of Homeland Security confirmed the agency is working with legal service providers “to provide access to legal services for individuals who receive credible fear interviews in CBP custody.”