With days remaining until the scheduled end of Title 42, President Joe Biden’s decision to deploy hundreds of troops for reinforcement had many addressing the obvious: “I thought the border was secure.”
Tuesday, administration officials confirmed that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) had sought aid from the Department of Defense (DoD) ahead of the May 11 termination of Title 42 emergency deportations. The addition of 1,500 U.S. troops, expected to serve in administrative and transport roles, will allow agents from U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to return to their law enforcement responsibilities.
“At the request of DHS, DOD will provide a temporary increase of an additional 1,500 military personnel, for 90 days, to supplement CBP efforts at the border,” a U.S. official said in a statement reported by CNN. “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 announcement comes as crossings have spiked again in advance of Title 42’s end. Fox News national correspondent Bill Melugin reacted to U.S. Border Patrol Chief Raul Ortiz highlighting some figures from a recent 72-hour period that saw nearly a half-ton of methamphetamine and 62 pounds of cocaine seized with over 22,000 apprehensions.
“Woah!! Over 22,000 Border Patrol apprehensions in the last 72 hours, an average of over 7,000 per day, putting us right back into peak numbers we were seeing last year,” Melugin said Monday, “as we are now 10 days away from the lifting of Title 42 and an expected major surge. Buckle up.”
Woah!! Over 22,000 Border Patrol apprehensions in the last 72 hours, an average of over 7,000 per day, putting us right back into peak numbers we were seeing last year – as we are now 10 days away from the lifting of Title 42 and an expected major surge. Buckle up. https://t.co/rJPPeFZCqz
— Bill Melugin (@BillFOXLA) May 1, 2023
Similarly, KTSM reporter Shelby Kapp shared a video from El Paso, Texas depicting hundreds of illegals camped out on the streets near the Sacred Heart Church and noted, “This is the most migrants I have ever seen in this area.”
Current situation outside of Sacred Heart Church in El Paso. We are 10 days away from when Title 42 is expected to be lifted. This is the most migrants I have ever seen in this area. pic.twitter.com/qnm5vzZKjF
— Shelby Kapp KTSM (@KappKtsm) May 2, 2023
Earlier this year, CBP had reportedly been seen arresting illegals outside that same church ahead of Biden’s photo-op appearance at the border, ostensibly so that the situation would not appear as severe as it actually is.
Meanwhile, DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas has repeatedly gone on record dismissing the nature of the crisis while remaining under investigation for dereliction of duty and facing the possibility of impeachment.
“Do you view what’s happening right now in the border as a crisis?” he had been asked by reporter Sharyn Alfonsi of “60 Minutes” regarding the five million illegals that had entered the United States since Biden took office.
“I view it as a significant challenge,” Mayorkas replied only to be pressed, “Why won’t you say the word crisis?”
“You know what, because I have tremendous faith in the people of the Department of Homeland Security, and a crisis speaks to me of a withdrawal from our mission, and we are only putting more force and more energy into it,” he tried.
Reacting to the announcement to deploy what amounted to military reinforcements to tackle a lasting and unaddressed invasion, both the status of the border and the actual purpose of the troops were called into question.
Why, to help process them en masse or to STOP them?
— ❤️SusanLord… (@SusanLordBiz) May 2, 2023
DHS Sec. Mayorkas tells the nation that our border is secure.
So why is Biden sending 1500 troops to the southern border when title 42 ends?
— John Wick (@imUrB00gieman) May 2, 2023
Wait what ? But I hear the border is fine no problems ??? Wait are you saying our government is lying to us ?!?!
— Crème fraîche (@itsjustleon813) May 2, 2023
I thought illegal immigration is down 90%
— Powers022 (@Powers_022) May 2, 2023
I thought we had operational control of the border? Is 1500 troops enough?
Biden administration considers sending 1,500 US troops to border ahead of lifting of Title 42: sources.
— Brian Davis (@BrianDavisOH) May 2, 2023
And I guarantee you that the orders will be for those troops to protect the illegals from being stopped.
— Paine/Mizrey ’24 (@TheMule1961) May 2, 2023
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