THE WHITE HOUSE — Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen on Monday ordered hundreds of Customs and Border Protection (CBP) personnel to deploy to the border, citing an emergency immigration “influx.”
“The crisis at our border is worsening, and DHS will do everything in its power to end it,” Nielsen said in a statement. “We will not stand idly by while Congress fails to act yet again, so all options are on the table.”
Under a directive passed down to CBP Commissioner Kevin McAleenan, the department plans on reallocating up to 750 of the agency’s officers to affected portions of the border.
The administration also will expand existing protocols to return undocumented immigrants to Mexico to await immigration proceedings.
According to Nielsen, the expansion will accompany a plan to remove “hundreds” of undocumented immigrants a day.
The orders come as the Trump administration has brought illegal immigration to the forefront.
Citing caravans of asylum seekers, Trump has moved to slash foreign aid to El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras.
Trump has also threatened to close the U.S.-Mexico border if Mexico fails to drastically stem illegal immigration.