Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas requested that the DHS aid with the “overwhelming” number of migrants flooding the border, according to Fox News.
“Today, I activated the Volunteer Force to support Customs and Border Protection (CBP) as they face a surge in migration along the Southwest Border,” Mayorkas said in an email to staff.
“You have likely seen the news about the overwhelming numbers of migrants seeking access to this country along the Southwest Border,” he said. “President Biden and I are committed to ensuring our Nation has a safe, orderly, and humane immigration system while continuing to balance all of the other critical DHS missions.”
Volunteers will be used in a non-law enforcement capacity.
Volunteer tasks will be those of managing property, preparing meals, doing supply runs, prescription medicine runs, housekeeping, and assisting in control rooms.
“In 2019, over 900 volunteers deployed to support their CBP colleagues during a similar migration surge,” Mayorkas said. “Please consider joining the Volunteer Force to again provide needed humanitarian support along the Southwest Border and relief for our CBP colleagues.”
Mayorkas’ was asked if he saw the situation with the border as a crisis.
He responded, “I think that the — the answer is no. I think there is a challenge at the border that we are managing, and we have our resources dedicated to managing it.”
From Fox News:
However, the Biden administration has unraveled many of the Trump-era policies — including the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP) which keep migrants in Mexico for their hearings, and agreements with Northern Triangle countries — and has been struggling with a dramatic surge in migration in recent weeks, particularly in unaccompanied children (UACs) and families.
As the administration has started releasing families into the interior, it is opening migrant centers both for families and UACs and is considering using a military base in Virginia to house child migrants. Additionally, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has told facilities they can open to 100 percent capacity.