Additional agencies helping CBP after record number of apprehensions

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Agencies helping CBP (Source: KGBT Photo)

With already over half a million undocumented immigrants illegally entered in the United States this year, Customs and Border Protection are asking for additional resources to help with the flow. 

“Border Patrol is getting assistance from The Office of Field Operations, U.S. Coast Guard, The National Guard, Department of Defense and DHS Search Capacity Force to address this humanitarian effort,” said Supervisory Border Patrol Agent Dustin Araujo. 

On top of those agencies, Homeland Security Investigations and local police are also helping out CBP, due to the record breaking number of apprehensions. 

“We do continue to rely on local law enforcement partners. You’ve seen them out there to assist us, near the border, not only securing the communities, but the border as well,” said Araujo. 

Even TSA Agents have been pulled from their duty at airports to assist with the immigration crisis on the border. 

Something Democratic Congressman, Bennie Thompson, who’s on the Homeland Security House Committee, disagrees with. 

“Taking officers off planes and out of airports will not make the country safer,” said Thompson. 

The outside agents and officers are helping with non-law enforcement duties, such as preparing meals for immigrants, picking up medicine for them and providing transportation. 

“Our partnerships are essential to providing not only border security, but the security of our communities,” said Araujo. 

Currently, there are Secret Service Agents assigned to the Rio Grande Valley area. 

We reached out to DHS to ask if more Secret Service Agents will be sent to the Texas Border to help with the ongoing crisis. 

In a statement a DHS Spokesman said,  

As we have consistently said, the Department is considering all options to address the humanitarian and security crisis at our southern border. We will continue to work with our workforce to find dynamic solutions and funding to address this very serious problem. As part of this effort, it is our responsibility to explore fiscal mechanisms that will ensure the safety and welfare of both our workforce and the migrant population, which is also reflected in the supplemental request submitted to Congress.

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