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Written by <a href="index.php?option=com_comprofiler&task=userProfile&user=35297"><span class="small">Betsy Woodruff, The Daily Beast</span></a>   
Tuesday, 21 May 2019 10:44

Woodruff writes: "The U.S. Secret Service is now participating in a not-so-secret undertaking: dealing with the influx of migrants at America’s southern border."

'The diversion of law enforcement and national security personnel to the border has concerned some congressional Democrats, who say it may be a misuse of limited government resources.' (photo: John Moore/Getty Images)
'The diversion of law enforcement and national security personnel to the border has concerned some congressional Democrats, who say it may be a misuse of limited government resources.' (photo: John Moore/Getty Images)


Secret Service Officers Are Being Sent to the Border

By Betsy Woodruff, The Daily Beast

21 May 19


Even though it’s most closely associated with the White House, the Secret Service is shipping people south.

he U.S. Secret Service is now participating in a not-so-secret undertaking: dealing with the influx of migrants at America’s southern border. According to a communication from the Department of Homeland Security’s headquarters reviewed by The Daily Beast, the small law enforcement agency has sent personnel to the border already and is looking to send more in the coming weeks.

The move came in response to a directive then-DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen sent out earlier this spring asking each component of the department to find volunteers and dispatch them to the border. Even though it’s most closely associated with the White House, the Secret Service—along with a host of other entities and agencies—is a component of DHS. And as a result, it’s shipping people south.

A DHS spokesperson did not dispute this reporting.

“As we have consistently said, the Department is considering all options to address the humanitarian and security crisis at our southern border,” said the spokesperson. “We will continue to work with our workforce to find dynamic solutions and funding to address this very serious problem. As part of this effort, it is our responsibility to explore fiscal mechanisms that will ensure the safety and welfare of both our workforce and the migrant population, which is also reflected in the supplemental request submitted to Congress.”

The Daily Beast reported last week that the arm of DHS that handles threats to America’s cybersecurity and critical infrastructure, called the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, has struggled to find enough volunteers to head to the border and fulfill DHS headquarters’ request. The agency works to secure election systems, schools, and places of worship—all of which face acute threats.

Besides protecting the president, the first family, and other prominent government figures, the Secret Service also conducts criminal investigations. Its focuses include financial crimes and cybersecurity threats.

The diversion of law enforcement and national security personnel to the border has concerned some congressional Democrats, who say it may be a misuse of limited government resources. But pushing back against the dramatic increase in people trying to enter the U.S. through the southern border has become has become a singular priority of President Trump. In both March and April, law enforcement officials apprehended more than 100,000 people trying to enter the U.S., according to DHS statistics.

During the Obama administration, the agency was beset by scandal: Washington socialites slipped past agents and crashed the president’s first state dinner; a Secret Service agent told his counterparts to stand down after a man fired a gun at the White House, thinking the sound came from a car backfiring; an agent who traveled to Amsterdam with the president to protect him got drunk and passed out in a hallway; and more, as NBC News has detailed.

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+4 # chemtex2611 2019-05-21 13:13
Why, this isn't even their core competency. They are trained to ride on the back bumper of the President's limo and keep a sharp eye for snipers or to travel around with the past First Ladies.

What exactly are they going to do in the Valley? They don't even speak Spanish.......
 
 
+1 # chemtex2611 2019-05-21 13:16
Things are going to get really interesting when the GOP tries to get a budget to the President's desk. They may get something there, but is doubtful that it will include funding to replace what DoD gave for the wall and other mis-placed funds.
 
 
+1 # wilhelmscream 2019-05-21 13:37
Isn’t that abuse of the Secret Service (unless they’re conerfiting money @ the border)
 
 
+4 # Kootenay Coyote 2019-05-21 14:06
They don’t have enough spooks there already?
 
 
+2 # Robbee 2019-05-21 14:41
Secret Service Officers Are Being Sent to the Border
By Betsy Woodruff, The Daily Beast
21 May 19

- this sucks!

dickhead is pulling staff away from protecting those on dickhead's numerous hit list - his campaign against public enemies like omar! tlaib! aoc! cohen! comey! amash! and the list goes on!
 
 
+6 # PABLO DIABLO 2019-05-21 15:41
Humanitarian? YES. Security threat? NO. These people are fleeing poverty,violenc e , and now drouth. Somehow I knew things were going to get crazier. Time to fasten our seat belts.
 
 
+1 # elizabethblock 2019-05-23 12:06
Volunteers? They're asking for people who want to beat up migrants, or worse. And of course they'll get them.