Border reportedly ‘wide open’ after states snatch National Guard
Human and budgetary constraints forced Republican governors to recall National Guard forces and state soldiers from the US-Mexico border, where they were sent over the summer.
The The Washington Examiner reported As of Monday, just 11 National Guard soldiers constitute the only police presence outside of Texas in the state’s Rio Grande Valley – the epicenter of the biggest wave of illegal immigration in at least two decades – against nearly 200 soldiers and police just a few months ago.
“We had a national guard [soldier] posted there, ”Border Patrol Officer Chris Cabrera said at the outlet as he drove along the border near Hidalgo, Texas. “There was another one right here, but they took this guy too.”
Cabrera, vice president of the Rio Grande Valley section of the Border Patrol union, said guards were stationed at 11 locations along a 12-mile stretch of road near the Rio Grande River over the summer. . They operated mobile camera towers and reported sightings of illegal immigrants and drug traffickers trying to enter the United States, he said.
With soldiers forced to return to their countries of origin and border patrol agents withdrawn from the field to transport and process illegal immigrants in detention, many areas of the border are now left unattended.
“We were already out of breath with their help, and having them here took a lot of pressure off us,” Cabrera told the Examiner. “Now they’ve taken away labor that we can’t really afford to take away from them. “
Texas Governor Gregg Abbott was the first to send the National Guard to help federal officials this summer as a record wave of illegal immigrants arrived at the border.
Arkansas and South Dakota followed suit, while Florida, Nebraska, Iowa and Ohio – all states with a Republican in their executive mansions – sent in state police. labor – in the case of Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds – the hefty cost of keeping them in service.
“They would be monitoring the mobile center, the mobile tower trucks, the camera trucks,” Cabrera told The Examiner. “Nobody takes them out because they’re not there. These were static positions where we put a vehicle and two guards, so if someone was running through that area, they could call them. “
Meanwhile, the Biden administration has shown no willingness to fill in the gaps left by departures – preferring instead to focus on those who have already crossed the border rather than stop more doing so.
At the end of last month, a Department of Homeland Security memo said the government did not have the resources to apprehend anyone who entered the United States illegally.
“The fact that an individual is a revocable non-citizen … should not in itself be the basis of a coercive action against him”, we read in the seven page memo of the Secretary of Internal Security Alejandro Mayorkas.
The document adds that there may be “mitigating factors” that militate against the deportation of an illegal immigrant who has committed a crime, including “an advanced age or a minor”; “Prolonged presence in the United States”; “Military or other public service of the non-citizen or his immediate family”; and “the impact of removal on family in the United States”.