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Why The Donald has deployed the National Guard to the border


by Joseph Earnest April 5, 2018


Newscast Media WASHINGTON—Throughout his campaign and Administration, President Trump has called for greater resources and legal authorities to end the national security threat posed by our porous borders.


The President has repeatedly outlined a series of steps that he says are crucial to fixing this problem, including funding to build a wall securing our southern border; greater resources for manpower and security technology; and the closure of legal loopholes that allow illegal immigration to flourish.


The Donald says, in order to give Border Patrol agents the support they deserve, he is authorizing the deployment of National Guard units to the southern border to aid their mission. 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.


Currently, based on a consent decree in a court case from roughly twenty years ago, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) can only detain Unaccompnaied Alien Children (UAC) for a maximum of 20 days combined. All UAC must be promptly transferred to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for reunification with sponsors in the interior of the United States. Furthermore, current Federal law prevents UAC who are not from Canada or Mexico from being promptly returned to their home countries. 


This is not the first time in recent history that the National Guard has been deployed to the southern border. In 2012, President Barack Obama authorized the deployment of guardsmen to the border. President George W. Bush also authorized deployment of 6,000 guardsmen to the border as a part of Operation Jump Start, assisting in operations which resulted in the arrest of more than 173,000 illegal aliens, the rescue of 100 persons, and the seizure of more than 300,000 pounds of drugs.  Add Comments >>














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