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News | Oct. 30, 2023

U.S. Northern Command supports DHS southwest border surge request

U.S. Northern Command

Eight-hundred active-duty military personnel under the direction of U.S. Northern Command will deploy to the southwest border as part of a surge support request by the Department of Homeland Security to assist the Customs and Border Protection mission.

The surge support duties requested by DHS are consistent with recent DHS requests and include data entry, warehousing support and additional detection and monitoring support efforts.   

This military support increases the availability of CBP law enforcement personnel to conduct law enforcement-specific duties. Active-duty military are prohibited under U.S. law from performing law enforcement activities in the United States. 

Active-duty military personnel from the Army, Marines Corps, Air Force, and Navy will begin deployments to the southwest border as soon as possible.

DHS is the lead federal agency for security of the U.S. southwest border. CBP will coordinate the operational use of military assets, but deploying military personnel will remain under their respective military chain of command. 

DOD has supported DHS on the U.S. southwest border for 18 of the last 22 years and every year since 2006.



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