As Congress appeared to take action on some sort of immigration program that could allow many illegal aliens already here in the US to remain and possibly provide a pathway to citizenship, the number of illegal aliens trying to cross the US border increased. They had hopes of somehow getting into the US and being included with any amnesty program.
Seeing the influx of illegal border crossings, President Donald Trump approved the deployment of up to 4,000 National Guard troops to help US Custos and Border Protection (CBP) agents to stop as many border crossings as possible.
Those troops have resulted in an increased number of arrests of immigrants trying to illegally cross the border.
(Washington Examiner) – U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers have apprehended an additional 1,600 people attempting to illegally enter the country from Mexico since April 15 as a result of the deployment of National Guard troops to the southwest border, CBP and defense officials said Wednesday.
National Guard officials overseeing the border state deployments said troops helping monitor the international boundary have freed up more border agents to physically guard the border. The result has led to a surge in the amount of criminal activity agents have stopped.
The increased surveillance and communication between guardsmen and border officers also led to CBP intercepting an additional 451 people who were turned back before illegally entering the U.S…
Of the 4,000 troops authorized by President Trump, only 775 have been deployed, which has led to the arrests of an additional 1,600 illegals. Makes one wonder how many more would be stopped and arrested if all 4,000 National Guard troops were deployed along the border to help Border Patrol agents?