Is Biden 'taking a page' from Trump's border playbook?

'The blowback on the left could be significant'

Biden visits U.S. southern border
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President Biden is sending 1,500 active-duty troops to the southern border to support immigration officials bracing for a possible wave of migrants after the expiration of the Title 42 public health order that allowed officials to turn away migrants to fight the spread of COVID-19. The Biden administration said this week that the troops, requested by the Homeland Security Department, will join 2,500 military personnel as soon as May 10 and fill "critical capability gaps," including monitoring surveillance cameras, watching border crossings, entering data, and other duties. The reinforcements will stay along the Mexico border for 90 days as border towns brace for a surge of migrants after the pandemic-era Title 42 policy ends on May 11.

As Title 42 winds down, illegal crossings already are rising. U.S. agents are stopping more than 8,000 migrants along the border some days, many of them Venezuelans crossing the Rio Grande by wading, swimming, or boarding smugglers' rafts, according to The Washington Post. "We can't stop it," Maverick County Sheriff Tom Schmerber told the Post. Officials expect illegal crossings to exceed 10,000 per day once Title 42, imposed in March 2020, is lifted.

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