Published: Sat, April 14, 2018

Operation To Send National Guardsmen To Texas-Mexico Border Continues

Operation To Send National Guardsmen To Texas-Mexico Border Continues

Administration officials have said the deployment is necessary to stem the flow of migrants crossing the southern border illegally.

Records provided by the Border Patrol show that agents in the Tucson and Yuma sectors of the border patrol apprehended about 7,700 people in March this year compared to about half of that last March after President Donald Trump took office.

Trump, frustrated because Congress will not fund his "big, lovely wall", has called for up to 4,000 National Guard troops to deal with what he called "a crisis", a term echoed by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions this week when he addressed a border sheriffs' conference. Vitiello says the National Guard will provide logistical support to help agents along the border.

In California, however, not all of the 400 troops Gov. They say they need to hire more ICE agents.

Governor Abbott says he has received calls from governors of other states who want to offer their National Guard members to take part in the operation. There are only 4 miles of paved road along the Laredo segment of the border. "The capabilities that the Guard can bring to bear in all of these locations are important to us and we're assessing our particular needs based upon the resources we have in each individual location", Chief Hull said.

New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez, also a Republican, said 80 troops will be at the border starting this week and a total of 250 are expected, according to the Associated Press.


The governor cited the same statistic during his visit, saying that the increase was concerning and the main reason for the deployment of troops - not the caravan making its way to the U.S.

Sessions said the lack of a barrier on the border opens the country to illegal immigration. "This will not be a mission to build a new wall".

"The addition of National Guard troops to aid Customs and Border Patrol will serve to strengthen border security, and their presence will make a meaningful difference". Along the entire U.S. -Mexico border, agents made almost 37,400 apprehensions in March, up from 12,200 in March 2017.

Trump's border policy isn't as coherent or as well-intentioned as his predecessors' but California had an opportunity here to gain more federal funding for the National Guard while maintaining control over how the additional personnel are used.

Brown said California's troops would join an existing program to combat transnational drug crime, firearms smuggling and human trafficking. If Trump wants to help fund that, we welcome federal support.

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