The US will temporarily send 1,500 reinforcement soldiers to the border with Mexico
According to a US official who spoke with EFE, the Pentagon will be sending 1,500 soldiers to the Mexico border for 90 days in order to provide support for US Border Patrol agents. These soldiers will be tasked with filling capacity gaps such as field detection and surveillance, data entry, and warehouse support until Customs and Border Protection (CBP) can address those needs. The source emphasized that these soldiers will not be performing any law enforcement duties.
This decision was made in response to a request from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), which is responsible for border security work. The announcement comes at a time when the US is expecting an increase in migratory flow due to the lifting of Title 42 on May 11. This measure had been used to expel immigrants during the pandemic and has led to more than 2.5 million expulsions since it was implemented in 2020 under the administration of former President Donald Trump.
Last week, the US government announced a series of measures aimed at reducing the flow of migrants after May 11. These measures include the establishment of migrant centers in Colombia and Guatemala to manage migration requests, as well as agreements with Spain and Canada to receive migrants from these centers.
During a hearing before a congressional committee this month, acting CBP Director Troy Miller stated that the number of irregular border crossings is expected to increase to 10,000 per day once Title 42 is lifted.
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The rest of the story is the US for many years has and had the military involved with monitoring the border in one form or another. It is this case that stands out with the media because of soldiers are being sent to physically stand watch alongside CBP. The other support missions mentioned in this article are and have been performed by the military over the years. The Marine Corps Air Station at Yuma, Az has monitored activity along the border with helicopter surveillance because of its proximity to Mexico.