The U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) federal law enforcement officers made 13 arrests and seized one illegal firearm in the first 48 hours of deployment at the U.S. border with Mexico between Arizona and Texas.
“President Trump and I are 100-percent committed to keeping our border communities and the American people safe and secure, which is why I’m deploying additional law enforcement officers to increase security of Interior-managed lands on the southern border,” Zinke said.
Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) detained 11 suspected illegal aliens in Interior-managed land inside the United States.
Zinke announced last week that Trump requested Interior’s assistance in securing the border and enforcing federal immigration law by detaining individuals who are in the United States illegally.
Even before the deployment, DOI has more than 3,500 federal law enforcement officers on Interior-managed land who regularly interact with CBP, according to the agency, and 40 percent of land along the U.S. border with Mexico is managed by the agency.