U.S. Border Patrol patch on a border agent’s uniform in McAllen, Texas, on January 15, 2019. (SUZANNE CORDEIRO/AFP via Getty Images)
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The Border Patrol has reportedly asked some of its agents if they would be willing to go to Afghanistan and neighboring countries in order to help with the situation there. Though formal requests have not yet been made, several agents this week said they were asked about volunteering.
The agents would reportedly stay overseas up to 90 days to help process Afghans seeking refuge in the U.S. Meanwhile, U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials didn’t go into detail, but said they were putting together a list of agents with experience.
“CBP did solicit for a small number of volunteers from U.S. Border Patrol who have a background in vetting and processing to assist CBP officers overseas,” said a CBP spokesperson. “The assistance of Border Patrol agents overseas will not affect the CBP mission on the southwest border.”
The relocation of agents comes amid an escalating border crisis on the southern border.