Department of Homeland Security wants to target smugglers using electric vehicles

In the midst of an unprecedented immigration crisis, the DHS is deploying this type of car among its agents despite its still dubious reliability.

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) reported Monday that it will deploy all-electric cars for its operations . DHS detailed that they are the first federal agency to debut an electric vehicle for law enforcement use, and have plans to use a variety of such cars across the country.

"The Ford Mustang Mach-E is the first of a variety of electric vehicles that the DHS plans to deploy in its varied law enforcement missions across the homeland," the release read. The Department of Homeland Security offered assurances in thier claim that electric cars have the potential to significantly improve the efficiency of the federal fleet and reduce vehicle operation and maintenance costs. With these measures the department detailed that it will achieve "reductions in greenhouse gas emissions."

However, many question whether the time is right for such a radical change in the fleet of security vehicles. In fact, the DHS announcement comes in the midst of one of the most critical points of the immigration crisis that is shaking the southern border of the country, in which more than 2.5 million illegal aliens have been arrested in the fiscal year to date.

With smugglers and traffickers becoming more and more resourceful, the effectiveness of electric vehicles at points such as the Mexican border is in question, due to the still insufficient reliability of these types of cars.

Americans don't trust electric cars: only 28% find them useful

The majority of Americans believe that electric cars are impractical. Only 28% of the population believes in the usefulness of this type of vehicle, a percentage that is also decreasing over time.

A poll by Rasmussen Reports shows that 54% of adults reject electric cars, while 18% are unsure of their functionality. Compared to the previous survey last March, there was an increase in distrust of these vehicles. At that time, 52% of respondents considered them to be of little use.

On the other hand, the Biden Administration is spending billions to promote electric cars to meet its goal of having half of all vehicles sold by 2030 to be electric, as well as attaching plugs to gas station pumps.

The Republican Party opposes these policies because it believes they hurt American workers and manufacturers and benefit China. Republicans cite as an example what is happening with the Ford Motor Company, which will purchase electric batteries from Chinese companies such as CATL and in turn, eliminate up to 8,000 jobs.