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16:45  15 may  2019
16:45  15 may  2019 Source:   reuters.com

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“The Mexican border is very unprotected by our laws,” he said. “We have horrible, horrible and very unsafe laws in the United States, and we’re going to A senior official at the Department of Homeland Security said Tuesday that putting troops on the U . S .- Mexico border had been under discussion but

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U.S. plans to send transportation staff to U.S.-Mexico border© Reuters/LOREN ELLIOTT Concertina wire is seen atop a section of border fence near the U.S.-Mexico border in Donna

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Trump administration plans to redirect Transportation Security Administration staff to the U.S. southern border to assist with immigration duties and migrant flows, the TSA said on Wednesday.

A TSA spokesman said in a statement the bureau was looking for volunteers to support efforts at the U.S. border with Mexico, where the government has said it is grappling with record numbers of people.

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"TSA, like all DHS components, is supporting the DHS effort to address the humanitarian and security crisis at the southwest border. TSA is in the process of soliciting volunteers to support this effort while minimizing operational impact," TSA spokesman James Gregory said in a statement.

The TSA border assignment will last at least 45 days and comes at the start of the busy summer travel season, which a U.S. official acknowledged carried "some risk," CNN reported, citing an internal email it obtained.

TSA staff will include 175 law enforcement officials, including air marshals, and as many as 400 security staff drawn from six U.S. cities but will not include airport screeners, CNN said, citing two additional unnamed sources. The six cities were not immediately identified.

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is now at the Guatemala- Mexico border . In addition, McAleenan noted that, on a daily basis, almost 1,900 individuals are apprehended attempting to cross the CBS News' David Martin reported Monday that the plan , Operation Faithful Patriot, calls for sending 1,800 troops to Texas, 1,200 to Arizona and

Troops planned to bring heavy concertina wiring to unspool across open spaces between ports. “ Sending active military forces to our southern border is not only a huge waste of taxpayer money U . S . Transportation Command posted a video on its Facebook page Monday of a C-17 transport

TSA law enforcement officials sent to the border will receive legal training and assist the Customs and Border Protection department as immigration officers, the report said.

The decision comes as the airline and travel industry urge lawmakers to approve funding for more Customs and Border Patrol officers, warning of excessive wait times for traveling and shipping as officers have been shifted to the border.

The Department of Interior has also doubled the number of officers it is sending for three-week stints to the border, from 22 to 47, The Hill reported on Wednesday, citing an internal memorandum.

An Interior Department spokesman did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The U.S. government reported earlier this month that border officers had apprehended nearly 99,000 people crossing the border with Mexico in April, the highest figure since 2007. More than two-thirds of those apprehended were children or people traveling as families.

(Reporting by David Shepardson; Additional reporting by Makini Brice; Writing by Susan Heavey; Editing by Jeffrey Benkoe and Meredith Mazzilli)

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