With the southern border being overwhelmed by a flood of illegal immigrants, many being Central American families seeking to take advantage of outdated immigration laws, President Donald Trump is pulling out all the stops to gain control of the crisis.
An effort that included sending Transportation Security Administration agents to the border — though no one is being forced to relocate.
Citing a senior TSA official, the Washington Examiner reported a voluntary “surge force” is being deployed to the U.S.-Mexico border to assist U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
More than 400 TSA agents are being relocated to help with a surge of families who have illegally crossed the border and are requesting asylum, according to a leaked memo.
TSA official Gary Renfrow said in the email to regional management that 400 agents from security operations will be deployed in waves: “There is now immediate need for more help from TSA at the SW border.”
Up to 175 additional law enforcement officials will also be sent.
All on a voluntary basis.
“The bottom line is we’re soliciting volunteers to go help assist CBP on the southwest border,” the official informed The Examiner. “The numbers are unclear at this point, but anyone in TSA is welcome to volunteer.”
The numbers cited represents about 1 percent of the 44,000 TSA employees.
“They’re going to go out there and do work that isn’t necessary for law enforcement — for the CBP officers to do,” the official added. “They’re going to do things like meal prep, property management, some of our attorneys will probably assist with immigration cases, doing some of that support work.”
The move comes as President Trump rolled out a new immigration plan Thursday that would move the U.S. toward a “merit-based” system that favors highly skilled workers over migrants with family members living in the country.
Speaking from the Rose Garden, Trump said the plan would “restore the integrity of our broken asylum system,” and would be “the envy of the world.”
“Today we are presenting a clear contrast,” the president said. “Democrats are proposing open borders, lower wages and, frankly, lawless chaos. We are proposing an immigration plan that puts the jobs, wages and safety of American workers first.”
Amid reports that the administration is planning to use the “tremendous powers” of the 212-year-old Insurrection Act to remove illegal aliens from the U.S., the president shared an ominous tweet Friday morning warning those in the country illegally not to get comfortable.
Trump posted: “All people that are illegally coming into the United States now will be removed from our Country at a later date as we build up our removal forces and as the laws are changed. Please do not make yourselves too comfortable, you will be leaving soon!”
Democrats certainly appear to be going all in on open borders in the lead up to the 2020 presidential election.
Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., a freshman standout, is out in from of this effort, as seen in the anti-Semitic Muslim lawmaker’s response to Trump’s plan.
“We need to abolish ICE, and end all inhumane deportation and detention programs,” Omar said from a Washington, D.C. street corner. “We need to fight back against the criminalization of immigrants and those crossing the border. We need to create a fair and accessible path to legal status and citizenship for all undocumented people in the United States.”
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