A panel of judges on the 9th Circuit recently ruled against the Trump administration’s “Remain in Mexico” policy, which requires migrants seeking asylum in the U.S. to wait in Mexico until their claims are settled in immigration courts. Unless the Supreme Court steps in within the next few days, the policy will be blocked from being enforced in both Arizona and California starting on March 12.
As a wave of migrants prepares to seek entry into the U.S. in light of the policy change, the Trump administration will be deploying 160 military police and engineers to two major border crossings on the southern border, the Associated Press reports.
Reinforcing the border
According to the AP, the troops will be split evenly between the San Ysidro port of entry in southern California and the El Paso port of entry in Texas.
Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officials told the AP on Friday that the newly deployed military troops won’t be directly assisting the agency in the enforcement of immigration laws if there does happen to be a surge of migrants at those crossings once the policy lapses, however.
Instead, according to Defense Department officials, the military troops will focus on providing protection for CBP and Border Patrol officials and will be constructing temporary barriers to limit and funnel traffic through certain areas.
The deployment of these additional troops is scheduled to last for only about two weeks, though it could be extended indefinitely if deemed necessary by local conditions, according to the AP.
The 160 troops will be joining the roughly 5,000 members of the military who are already deployed along the southern border — about half of whom are with the National Guard — to provide logistical and security services, as well as to aid in the border wall construction efforts.
Keeping America safe
Some have expressed confusion over the deployment of troops to El Paso, particularly since the “Remain in Mexico” policy will remain in place there; the court’s ruling only applied to the two states where it had jurisdiction. But according to One America News Network, the panel of judges on the 9th Circuit had initially imposed a nationwide injunction on that policy.
They reversed the injunction soon after to issue a more limited ruling, ostensibly in hopes of mitigating criticism that the court is overstepping its bounds.
But that change was apparently never forwarded to the asylum seekers in Mexico near the El Paso crossing, who attempted to rush the border en masse in the wake of the court’s first ruling late last month, according to Reuters.
With any luck, the Supreme Court will step in this time around and strike down the injunction imposed by liberal judges on the Trump administration’s lawful — and necessary — immigration policies.
But thankfully, even if the Supreme Court allows the injunction to stand, President Donald Trump has taken steps to protect both border agents and the American people in the event that a crowd of migrants does make another attempt at storming into the country.