The helicopters will ensure the CBP agents can arrive in the most austere locations. They can fast-rope down if they need to.
We're deploying aviation assets that could quickly transport our CBP personnel.
STAFF: With that, we'll open it up for a few questions.
Q: General O'Shaughnessy, Tara Copp with Military Times. A couple of questions, sir. First, why weren't National Guard forces used instead, since it's typically a state governor role to bring those troops to the border?
With respect to posse comitatus, everything that we are doing is in line with and adherence to posse comitatus.
GEN. O'SHAUGHNESSY: To be clear, we are using the National Guard forces, and that's under Operation Guardian Support.
You're talking about a caravan that's already dwindled down to 3,500 people. The last caravan eventually dwindled down to only 400 people by the time it reached the border.
We do see other large groups forming. Again, there's 3,000 or so at the Guatemala-Mexico border now, hoping to join up with the lead group.
So we -- we've got to be prepared for the potential arrival of a very large group. And because of the size, we -- we want to be able to handle it effectively and safely.
MR. MCALEENAN: No, this is a law enforcement operation from CBP 's perspective and we partner with DOD all the time to help secure our border.
MR. MCALEENAN: That's an ongoing conversation on how we best handle that group. If they come as a large group we are talking with Mexico. We're also considering all potential options in terms of administration authority.
MR. MCALEENAN: That's potentially in a future phase as the caravan gets closer and depending on the size of the caravan.
STAFF: Folks, we have time for a couple more questions. Sir?
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MR. MCALEENAN: Thank you.
STAFF: Thank you.