DHS Sec. Nielsen requests border beef-up from at least six other cabinet departments

DHS Sec. Nielsen requests border beef-up from at least six other cabinet departments
Kirstjen Nielsen (Image: The Hill video screen grab)

[Ed. – Politico reports this with disdain about the security threat posed by the migrants, and a tone of skepticism — sometimes verging on sarcasm — about DHS seeking help from other departments’ law enforcement arms.  But this isn’t unforeseen (we reported on a change of posture at Interior a couple of weeks ago), nor is is unreasonable.]

Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen has requested the deployment of civilian law enforcement officers from several other Cabinet departments to the U.S.-Mexico border as early as next week, according to an internal memo obtained by POLITICO.

In what current and former U.S. officials said would be an unprecedented move, the officers — who in most cases have duties entirely unrelated to border security — would help Border Patrol agents repel what the memo calls “migrant caravans originating from Central America.” [Actually, everyone calls them that. The scare quotes are disingenuous punctuation that seems to suggest preemptive compliance with the UN’s Orwellian global migration compact and its edicts on how to talk about migrants. – Ed.]


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A senior DHS official who confirmed the memo’s authenticity said the Justice Department has already made a commitment to dispatch officers to the border, and that DHS is actively “working with” other departments named in the memo to determine the availability of law enforcement resources.

The memo was sent to leaders of the departments of State, Labor, Energy, Transportation, Interior and Justice.

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