EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) — Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) are seeking volunteers to assist the federal government’s efforts along the U.S.-Mexico border.
Volunteer support with security for unaccompanied children and migrant families was requested for CBP, CNN reports.
The Biden administration asked for volunteers as it works to quickly process unaccompanied migrant children out of CBP custody.
Despite the administration’s efforts, border law enforcement agencies have been unable to keep up with the volume of migrants seeking refuge in the U.S.
Alejandro Mayorka, Department of Homeland Security Secretary sought volunteer support from department employees on Monday in an internal email.
“Today I activated the Volunteer Force to support Customs and Border Protection (CBP) as they face a surge in migration along the southwest border. You have likely seen news about the overwhelming numbers of migrants seeking access to this country along the southwest border,” read the email.
ICE and CBP did not immediately respond to KTSM’s request for comment.