President Trump’s administration announced on Wednesday that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Defense Department will coordinate on a plan to send National Guard troops to the U.S.-Mexico border, Breitbart reports.
I have seen a lot of misinformation about what the National Guard can actually do while deployed to the Southern Border of The United States.
The deployed National Guard does not have the authority to act as temporary Border Patrol agents, catching and detaining illegal aliens.
They are deployed to carry out more of a logistical operation, which will free up actual Border Patrol agents to be able to perform their jobs.
Former immigration judge Andrew Arthur, states that the National Guard has the authority to construct the tents on the border, giving immigration officials temporary detention centers where illegal aliens and border-crossers can be housed while they await their immigration trials, rather than being released into the U.S.
“We have very bad laws for our border, and we are going to be doing some things, I spoke with [Defense Secretary] Gen. Mattis, we’re going to do some things militarily until we can have a wall and proper security – we’re going to be guarding our border with the military.” ~ President Donald Trump
Federal law prohibits the use of active-duty service members for law enforcement inside the United States, unless specifically authorized by Congress. But over the past 12 years, presidents have twice sent National Guard troops to the border to bolster security and assist with surveillance and other support.
Secretary Nielsen said the effort would be similar to a 2006 operation in which former President George W. Bush deployed troops to help US Customs and Border Protection personnel with non-law enforcement duties.
Under the mechanism the administration is looking to use, the Guard would not be mobilized as a federal force. Instead, governors would control the Guard within their states. The Associated Press.
Nielsen declined to comment on the cost of the deployment but said “past numbers should be indicative.”
Pressed on whether the troops would be tasked with enforcement measures, such as arresting undocumented immigrants, Nielsen said they would not, “as of now.”
The specifics, including whether National Guard troops will be armed during deployment, remain under discussion. Politico
While border-crossers are detained in the tent cities constructed by the military, the Trump administration could send additional immigration judges and staff to the border, as well as more Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) attorneys. This, Arthur says, would speed up the court process and swiftly lead to border-crossers either being allowed to stay in the U.S. or being deported. American Thinker
For now, it appears that the National Guard will be performing a logistic operations for the Border Patrol. It will be interesting to see how this develops and if the soldiers will be allowed to carry a firearm for pure self defense measures.
Chris “Badger” Thomas is a Veteran who served our country as an Army Combat Medic.
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