Border Patrol council applauds plan to deploy National Guard to border

President Trump last week authorized the National Guard to be deployed to the Southern border to help assist border patrol agents with combatting illegal immigration, and the National Border Patrol Council is applauding his efforts.

“This action will increase the certainty of detection and apprehension,” the NBPC said in a statement, adding, “Many border patrol agents perform duties such as monitoring cameras, monitoring sensor activations, conducting surveillance on 'sky boxes' or other observation posts, operating scope vehicles, etc. These are surveillance activities and by deploying the National Guard to take over these and other activities, it will free up law enforcement resources to patrol the border and make arrests.”

Currently, the U.S. Border Patrol has approximately 19,302 agents, while Congress has set a mandatory floor of 21,370 agents.

The Obama and George W. Bush administrations both took similar actions of deploying guardsmen to the border.

The White House reports that more than one thousand people a day and more than 300,000 annually cross the U.S. border illegally.

“Given the importance of secure borders to our national security, the National Guard, in coordination with governors, will remain in a support role until Congress takes the action necessary to close the loopholes undermining our border security efforts, including ending the practice of Catch and Release,” according to a White House statement.  

The White House statement also includes a question and answer on why the administration made the authorization. 

Reader comments

Fri, Apr 20, 2018 epo

Agree. I am sick of this matters. MS 13 gangs need to go back to their Mexico country. Stay put.

Thu, Apr 12, 2018 clerk

I am on this one. Need to stop the bad MS 13, and the flow of illegals into this American country. Mexico need to deal with their own problems. Keep them on your property.

Mon, Apr 9, 2018 FED-UP Montrose, NY

A secure boarder is so important to the security of this country. People who don't support this concept are ignorant beyond any rational thought. Unfortunately, Mexico is not our friend and it never has been. Mexico has done nothing to stop the flow of illegals into this country. In among these people are the criminals who now populate the MS13 gangs in every state. While the MSM reports about prescription opioid addiction, they are silent about the constant flow of Chrystal Meth that MS13 is trafficking into this nation. This drug is a plague that few people can survive. Mexico is doing very little to help stop this. There is also the flow into Mexico of kidnapped young American sold into sex slavery. Mexico can't seem to stop this either. Build the wall, deport the criminals and sever ties with this criminal nation.

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