Record border apprehensions have pushed the Department of Homeland Security to pursue a new effort to end the escalating immigration crisis.
While the fight continues to tighten asylum laws, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is redeploying hundreds of agents to secure the most vulnerable sections of the southern border.
Per Fox News:
“TSA, like all DHS components, is supporting the DHS effort to address the humanitarian and security crisis at the southwest border,” a spokesperson told Fox News. “TSA is in the process of soliciting volunteers to support this effort while minimizing operational impact.”
The move, first reported by CNN, is expected to consist of a few hundred officials, with a maximum of 400 volunteers, ranging from department attorneys to, potentially, some air marshals. CNN reported that the agency does not initially plan to involve uniformed airport screeners, but that some parts of TSA will be asked to contribute around 10 percent of their workforce.
The spokesperson said that the deployment schedule had not yet been finalized and that Americans should not be concerned that the deployment will hurt air travel safety because “at this time, the deployment will not include any frontline resources.”
The measure comes as the Trump administration faces a spike in the number of illegal border crossings, and as President Trump increases his calls for Congress to act to end loopholes in immigration law and make funding available to secure the border.
April marked the second consecutive month U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) apprehended more than 3,000 migrants per day.