Border Patrol council applauds plan to deploy National Guard to border
- By Sherkiya Wedgeworth
- Apr 06, 2018
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.