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DHS Asks Pentagon For Help Amid Influx Of Migrants

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“The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has asked the Department of Defense (DOD) for more assistance, including providing tents, to handle a surge of migrants coming across the border with Mexico, a Pentagon spokesman confirmed.

CNN first reported that the DHS request was sent to the Pentagon Friday night, with one official saying that it was for single-occupancy units.

Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan has not formally responded to the request, but he discussed it with acting Homeland Security Secretary Kevin McAleenan on Saturday as the two traveled to McAllen, Texas, to visit the U.S.-Mexico border, Shanahan’s spokesman, Lt. Col. Joe Buccino, told The Hill.

Shanahan’s trip came after Customs and Border Protection said last week that it expects more than 500,000 migrants crossing the border this fiscal year.

Shanahan said troops would remain at the border until it is secure.

“We’re not going to leave until the border is secure,” he said. “This isn’t about identifying a problem. It’s about fixing a problem more quickly.”

Additional ways to support the border mission were discussed between Shanahan and McAleenan on Saturday during the trip, a U.S. official told CNN.

Shanahan told Congress last week that 4,364 troops are currently stationed at the border and are expected to remain there until September, but he said Saturday that their stay “will not be indefinite.”

The administration has already queried the Pentagon about finding housing for migrants on military installations, and DOD in April approved a March request from the Department of Health and Human Services to find housing for as many as 5,000 unaccompanied migrant children.”

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Border Patrol Agents Seize Over $765K Worth Of Narcotics In Rio Grande Valley

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“EDINBURG, Texas – Rio Grande City agents seized more than 950 pounds of marijuana in two separate incidents.

Sunday evening, Rio Grande City agents working near La Rosita, Texas, responded to a report of a vehicle involved in narcotics smuggling traveling north from the Rio Grande. Agents in the area located the vehicle and, shortly thereafter, the driver of the vehicle abruptly turned south and traveled towards the river. As agents approached the river, they observed the driver abandon the vehicle and swim to Mexico. Agents searched the vehicle and discovered 571 pounds of marijuana worth an estimated $457K.

A short while later, Rio Grande City agents on patrol received information of a narcotic smuggling attempt near Garciasville, Texas. As agents responded, they observed an All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV) abruptly turn around and travel south towards the Rio Grande riverbank. Upon arrival, agents discovered the ATV abandoned carrying several bundles of marijuana. The marijuana weighed 387 pounds and is worth an estimated $310K. Agents searched for the ATV rider and additional narcotics to no avail.

The public is encouraged to take a stand against crime in their communities and report suspicious activity at 800-863-9382. ”

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Border Patrol Agents Arrest Mexican Mafia Member For Human Smuggling

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CBP is reporting:

“EAGLE PASS, Texas – U.S. Border Patrol agents from the Eagle Pass station arrested a Mexican Mafia member during a failed human smuggling attempt, Oct. 2.

Agents assisted Maverick County Sheriff’s deputies on a traffic stop in Eagle Pass and discovered three illegal aliens concealed in the back seat of the vehicle. The driver and front-seat passenger, both U.S. citizens, and the three illegal aliens were arrested and taken to the Eagle Pass South Station for processing.

“We enjoy an excellent relationship with our local law enforcement partners” said Del Rio Sector Chief Patrol Agent Raul L. Ortiz. “I applaud the Maverick County Sheriff’s Deputies and our agents, who worked together to stop a convicted felon from smuggling illegal aliens into our communities.”

The driver, identified as Juan Alberto Garcia, 39, is a self-admitted member of the Mexican Mafia and has an extensive criminal history. Garcia has multiple felony convictions throughout Texas for drug-related offenses and other crimes including assault, burglary and theft. He and the front-seat passenger will both be charged with 8 USC § 1324 – Alien Smuggling, and face up to 10 years in prison.

The illegal aliens apprehended, two from Ecuador and one Guatemalan national, will be processed in accordance with U.S. Customs and Border Protection guidelines.”

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