Biden Sends 1,500 Additional U.S. Troops To Southern Border

Biden Sends 1,500 Additional U.S. Troops To Southern Border

( – On May 11, 2023, Title 42 is set to expire, with a surge of migrants crossing the southern U.S. border expected. President Joe Biden is preparing for the expected influx, with 1,500 U.S. troops along the border expected to arrive by May 10, 2023, at the earliest.

The deployment will last 90 days with armed troops that will not “directly participate in law enforcement activities,” said Brigadier General Pat Ryder, spokesman for the Pentagon. Ryder added that previous deployments of troops along the southern border are consistent with how the Department of Homeland Security handled military support needed over the years.

The troops being deployed will be an addition to approximately 2,500 National Guard troops already stationed at the border, giving border officials more flexibility to oversee critical law enforcement initiatives. The troops will work on data entry, administration duties, warehouse support, and managing drug detection equipment.

The Biden administration has directed migrants toward the CPB One app in order to obtain appointments at legal points of entry and have asylum claims assessed and processed. The administration urges migrants to avoid illegal crossing that would result in removal by the Customs and Border Patrol (CBP).

The CPB One app available to migrants garnered scrutiny when it was expanded in January 2023 to allow migrants seeking an exception to Title 42 removal from the U.S. Most applicants acquiring an exemption and moving into Title 8 processing are released into the U.S. with a notice to appear at their hearing.

Senator Roger Wicker (R. Miss.), ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, is working to fight the fentanyl crisis in the nation and disrupt the illegal supply chain into the United States. Wicker has introduced measures to support border security and increase punishment for those trafficking the substance.

Sen. Wicker weighed in on the administration’s troop deployment, suggesting that President Biden may be noticing the polls after a “lack of concern” with issues at the border, adding that the administration should “resume enforcement of the law” along the southern border where patrol agents say “their hands are tied” and can’t enforce the laws as they once did.

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