There’s a crisis at the Southern border and it has been for more than a year.
But for the second time in less than 6-months, the Biden administration wants to divert Customs and Border Protection officers from the southern border crisis to an overseas conflict.
They want to send US Border Patrol agents to Europe to deal with refugees from Ukraine.
In a memo sent last week, CBP's office of field operations sought volunteers willing to deploy immediately to Poland for "Operation Ukraine Support."
The request comes six months after a similar effort to process Afghan refugees.
That operation was sharply criticized Friday by the Pentagon inspector general for poor Defense Department vetting that allowed 50 Afghans posing serious security risks to enter the United States.
The memo sent to CBP says “the Office of Field Operations is seeking volunteers to assist with the possible evacuation of U.S. citizens, lawful permanent residents, and their immediate family members from Ukraine. Eligible employees who volunteer for this situation may be selected to serve a temporary duty assignment in Poland to facilitate travelers for entry into the U.S., to include providing guidance and problems resolution to other government agencies."
The memo said volunteers need to be ready to deploy "within 2-3 days" of selection and should plan for about a month's work overseas. It also offered a plan for COVID-19 mitigation that said workers need to either have the vaccine or natural immunity from a recent infection.