The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has requested additional support from the Defense Department at the southern border as fears grow of the U.S. possibly seeing a great migrant surge in the next few months.
At a Senate Armed Services Committee, Gen. Glen VanHerck, the commander of the U.S. Northern Command, was questioned by Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) whether he was aware “of any discussion within the administration or DHS that could result in any request for additional troops at the border.”
To this, VanHerck said, “Sen Inhofe there is a request from [DHS], it is in the planning stages right now of the department to provide additional capability or capacity based on the potential for additional immigration, or folks coming to the southwest border,” also saying that he did not know any further details and that he has not been asked to provide more support to the DHS at that moment.
This request serves as the latest indication of concern from the Biden Administration of a possible drastic migrant surge at the southern border. This may happen on top of the already alarming levels of migrant traffic the border is experiencing.
In February, 164,973 encounters were recorded, which is less compared to the 101,099 figure in the same month last 2021. In February 2020, there were only 36,687 recorded encounters.
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