(TeaParty.org) – The crisis at the border has once again become the focal point of national news and politics over the last few weeks, as thousands of Central American migrants threaten to run down our border to enter the US.
The Trump administration has been making extra steps to ensure our border is secure, sending military backup for the Border Patrol and U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents.
According to a new report from Politico, however, the Department of Homeland Security may be seeking a whole new kind of assistance.
A leaked memo reveals that DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen may soon be sending civilian police officers to the border as well.
“The request suggests that personnel with such assignments as guarding diplomats, patrolling national parks, and protecting nuclear weapons might effectively ‘become Customs and Border Protection personnel,’ as one former Justice Department official put it, with the power to arrest border-crossers,” Politico reports.
The memo is dated November 22 and is reported to have come from Nielsen and authenticated by a senior DHS official.
It is not clear whether or not President Trump has approved the plan or if it is just something Nielsen has proposed.
The memo requests that “any available civilian law enforcement personnel” be assigned “to the Southwest Border,” specifying CBP field offices in California, Texas, and Arizona.
“The memo was sent to leaders of the departments of State, Labor, Energy, Transportation, Interior and Justice,” Politico explains.
While the general public usually is not aware, each federal department has its own law enforcement officers with the ability to make arrests in a similar way to other federal officers.
If the plan is carried out, it will lend ample assistance to the security efforts at the border, as military personnel is unable to execute arrests in the same manner as an LEO as per the Posse Comitatus Act of 1878.
“The administration seems to recognize that under Posse Comitatus … the military can’t do something enforcement-wise,” explains immigration attorney and former Obama staffer Leon Fresco.
“So they’re saying, ‘Let’s grab as many law enforcement people and bring them to the border,’” he adds.
While civilian law enforcement agents would be legally able to perform arrests, experts are pointing out that their being assigned to do so at the border is unprecedented.
“CBP specifically getting detailees from other agencies is very uncommon,” Fresco explains. “And for this particular mission, becoming immigrant enforcement agents is something I’ve never heard of.”
Sure, sending LEO’s from other agencies might be uncommon, but so is entertaining the idea that it’s perfectly acceptable to let thousands of violent migrants storm our border.