DHS Requests 1,000 National Guard Troops at Southern Border

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The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has recently requested an additional 1,000 National Guard soldiers from the Pentagon, providing assistance with the ongoing crisis developing along the U.S. southern border.

DHS has specifically requested the additional help from the Texas National Guard, in hopes to “provide supplemental holding and port of entry enforcement support.”

“[The Department of Defense] has received a request for assistance from the Department of Homeland Security to authorize the Texas National Guard to support [Customs and Border Protection’s] effort to secure the southern land border of the United States,” Pentagon spokesman Maj. Chris Mitchell said to The Daily Caller News Foundation on Monday. Via the Daily Caller.

Texas Governor Greg Abbott (R) has already pledged the use of his National Guardsmen in the border assisting effort…

The Pentagon has received the request from Customs and Border Protection (CBP) last week, but Pentagon officials have yet to officially approve of the National Guard support. The DHS plans on providing their planned additional aid in two distinct migrant detention centers, Donna and Tornillo, Texas. Via The Hill.

“Supplemental holding support is requested for CBP holding facilities located at Donna and Tornillo, Texas. These holding facilities house single adult migrants who have illegally entered the United States, been processed by CBP, and are awaiting transfer to Immigration and Custom Enforcement (ICE) detention facilities. These holding facilities will be owned, operated, and managed by CBP,” Said Pentagon Spokesman Chris Mitchell.

If the Department of Homeland Security’s request is approved, it would drastically increase active troop levels around our Southern border. It is estimated that 2,100 National Guard Soldiers are currently helping in the securing of the border, part of operation “Guardian Support” created and implemented by President Donald Trump and his administration. Via The Hill.

Approximately 6,000 troops have reported to the border as of April, 2019, a third of those soldiers are members of the National Guard…

“All this is necessary because Congress refuses to do its job,” Texas Republican Gov. Greg Abbot said in June when announcing his intention to deploy an additional 1,000 National Guard troops. “It leaves states like Texas fending for themselves.”

According to the Daily Caller, DHS will refrain from using any National Guard members in direct border enforcement operations. The support members will be tasked with other essential operations regarding the security  and cleanup of the southern border.

The U.S. southern border continues to see record numbers of illegal immigrants attempting to trespass into the country. The absurd numbers of undocumented immigrants in need of “processing,” has nearly left the United States government crippled regarding accessible manpower. Its estimated that somewhere between 40%-60% of border agency’s manpower has been removed from actually patrolling the border, forcing soldiers to process hundreds of thousands of illegal immigrants, leaving less agents for needed apprehensions.

Illegal Immigrant apprehensions numbers at the U.S. southern border has now taken a dramatic turn, nose diving 28% from May to June…

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