(FeaturedNews.com) – On Friday, in an interview with MSNBC’s Stephanie Ruhle, President Biden defended his decision to deploy 1,500 active-duty troops to the border ahead of the expected influx in migration in the next week.
As the President argued, whenever he had asked Congress what help was required at the border, he was told that they needed more agents available in order to handle the influx of people. He then proceeded to argue that the active-duty troops would not be at the border to act as agents, but rather to handle administrative tasks so that more agents could be freed up to enforce border policies. As he pointed out, deployed troops did not have the authority to directly enforce federal policies.
The troops are going to be deployed to the border for 90 days in order to assist with the expected surge in migration following the expiration of Title 42. Title 42 was a Trump-era health policy enacted at the start of the pandemic, which allowed the expulsion of migrants at the border without having to go through the formal asylum process.
On Thursday, Senators Kyrsten Sinema (I-Ariz.) and Thom Tillis (R-N.C.) introduced a bipartisan bill that would extend the administration’s ability to expel asylum-seekers without needing to hold a hearing. As Sinema stated, this would be a realistic solution that would help protect Arizona communities, whilst also ensuring the fair treatment of migrants. Tillis, on the other hand, has claimed that the Biden administration has not taken enough action to address the issue.
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