Feds Scrap U.S. Border Patrol Deployment to Mexico-Guatemala Border

A migrant and her daughter have their biometric data entered at the intake area of the Donna Department of Homeland Security holding facility, the main detention center for unaccompanied children in the Rio Grande Valley in Donna, Texas on March 30, 2021. (Photo by Dario Lopez-Mills / POOL / AFP) …
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Border Patrol is deploying extra resources to South Texas to deal with the current influx of migrants and unaccompanied children. Approximately 300 agents are diverting from interior and Canadian border stations.

As a result, prior plans to send agents to the Mexic0-Guatemala border were set aside.

Although U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has personnel stationed in Mexico to assist in intelligence gathering and cartel investigations, the Border Patrol will not augment them at this time. According to a source speaking on the condition of anonymity, the Biden Administration hopes to focus efforts far from the U.S. border with escalated actions from Mexico and Central America.

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki announced Monday that Mexico, Guatemala, and Honduras are focusing efforts to disperse caravans through troop deployments.

Guatemala will deploy 1,500 police and military personnel to its southern border as part of the operation announced by the White House. Honduras added 7,000 police and military to its border “to disperse a large contingent of migrants.” Guatemala will also set 12 checkpoints along the migratory route through that country.

The law enforcement source says the number of apprehensions along the southern U.S. border with Mexico have started to stabilize, potentially as a result of these efforts. According to the source, planning efforts are changing at a rapid pace. With the announcement of nominations for key Homeland Security positions to lead ICE and CBP, that trend is expected to continue.

Randy Clark is a 32-year veteran of the United States Border Patrol.  Prior to his retirement, he served as the Division Chief for Law Enforcement Operations, directing operations for nine Border Patrol Stations within the Del Rio, Texas, Sector. Follow him on Twitter @RandyClarkBBTX.

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