President Joe Biden has issued an executive order authorizing active-duty armed forces reservists to be called up to address “international drug trafficking” at the southern border.
He issued the order Thursday under the National Emergencies Act and in furtherance of an executive order he issued on Dec. 15, 2021, “Imposing Sanctions on Foreign Persons Involved in the Global Illicit Drug Trade.”
The 2021 executive order “declared a national emergency to address the unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security, foreign policy, and economy of the United States posed by international drug trafficking.”
The order authorizes Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin to “respond to the national emergency.”
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