Deployment of National Guard to Border Proving Effective



The Trump administration’s primary goals behind deploying the National Guard to the southern border is to stem the tide of aliens crossing into the United States illegally, and send the message that the administration is serious about using all legal means available to secure the border.

Early results indicate that this approach is working, as the deployment has resulted in an additional 1,600 illegal alien arrests at or near the border in just over two weeks, according to the Washington Examiner.

 This success has occurred despite the fact that only 775 of the requested 4,000 troops have been deployed so far. At a pace of 3,200 additional arrests per month already, that number could spike considerably if more troops are provided.

 “Those folks are giving us the additional situational awareness in the radio rooms… which are allowing the Border Patrol agents sitting in those areas to go into the field,” said a National Guard official.

National Guard troops do not carry out law enforcement duties. However, they are trained to provide aerial and ground surveillance support that frees up Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) officers to go into the field, where they are most effective. This support is vital as CBP is severely short-staffed – with a nationwide shortage of more than 3,000 officers – thanks to years of neglect under previous administrations.

While deploying the National Guard to the border provides much-needed help to overwhelmed Border Patrol officers, it will not single-handedly fix the issue of illegal immigration into the United States. Congress is still refusing to fund important border security measures such as an effective border fence. Instead, many members on both sides of the aisle are trying to exacerbate the issue by forcing a vote on legislation that would make DACA permanent. DACA is a major incentive to immigrate illegally into the United States.

So while it’s encouraging to see positive steps taken toward securing the border, those efforts must be complemented by interior immigration reforms to be fully effective.

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Spencer joined the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) in 2015. He conducts research, and writes content for FAIR’s publications and website. He brings previous experience in state politics, gubernatorial and district campaigns, and D.C. political non-profits. Spencer holds a B.A. in Government from the University of Texas at Austin.

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    Thank you President Trump. Why can Americans see that our world has changed dramatically. It is obvious that illegals/ foreigners are taking over our country and the true citizens are eating the crumbs from the table. It is so sad that it is our Great Americans who have allowed this because of cheap labor and which give them high profits. They have sold us down the river and now America do not look like America anymore. How sad!! One day you’re going to wake up and discover that the English language in no longer in use. And that day is already here! Take a good look.

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    But doesn’t the left always say things like this “won’t work”? That translates into we don’t want it to work because we love illegals and we want them to stay here no matter what. Just like they say fences “don’t work” when the one built along the California border during the Clinton administration all but stopped crossings there and made illegals take the far more difficult treks across the Arizona border. The Border Patrol says they work, but let’s listen to some “activist” instead.

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