Pentagon Officials Anticipate Haitian Migrant Influx

Representative Gaetz urges Defense Department officials to support the Coast Guard under Executive Order 13276.

Officials from the Department of Defense testified before the House Armed Services Committee that they are preparing security measures for the possible influx of migrants from Haiti due to escalating gang violence, a recent prison break, and the prime minister’s resignation. 

“We’re doing a number of things to ensure that we’re keeping track of the situation and we’re prepared,” Assistant Secretary of Defense for Homeland Defense and Global Security Rebecca Zimmerman told committee members. “At the moment, we have not yet seen large numbers—what we would characterize as a maritime mass migration.”

After the assistant secretary said that the Coast Guard has been approved for additional assistance, Congressman Matt Gaetz of Florida responded that he “talked to the Coast Guard, and what they say would really support them would be more naval vessels, would be DoD support.” He added, “Because I think you correctly said that there is an anticipated mass migration here, there are specific legal authorities that we can access that I would implore you to access.“

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For members of the House Armed Services Committee as they seek to ensure national security as Haiti experiences significant unrest.
  • For leaders in the Pentagon to be discerning as they address the potential influx of Haitian migrants.

Sources: Newsweek, The Post Millennial


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