National Guard Troops have been deploying to protect our borders and are largely dispersed throughout California, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas. These Soldiers watch for and report illegal crossovers and smugglers. They also assist Border Patrol Agents (part of the Department of Homeland Security) with investigations. Although these Soldiers carry weapons, they are to use them only to protect themselves. At its peak, the Southern states aforementioned saw up to 6,000 National Guard Citizen-Soldiers and Airmen assisting the Border Patrol to increase security and vigilance along our Nation’s border.
Deployments are in support of the President and the Pentagon’s decision to bolster border security and have been increasing as drug-related violence has escalated in Mexico. Escalation of border security efforts are also a result as the continued U.S. debate over illegal immigration has intensified over this past election year.
The primary intent of deploying National Guard Soldiers was to help free up the existing Border Patrol Officials so they could return to their primary role of law enforcement. A large portion of legislation, with regards to immigration reform, includes efforts to increase the number of National Guard and Border Patrol forces along our borders. In addition to the National Guard, the Department of Homeland Security is sending more aircraft, including UAV, surveillance equipment and at least 300 Customs and Border Protection agents.
Chances are that if you so inclined to be a part of the efforts to secure our borders, there is a National Guard Unit near you that you are able to volunteer for. The “deployment” is Federally Funded and supported so it should be pretty easy to transfer to an Activated Unit temporarily. From my understanding, Tucson, Arizona is a hot spot currently and the projection of the National Guard is only looking to increase.
How about you? Have you been assigned or deployed on behalf of the Border Security efforts? Tell us your story!!!
If you have any questions about National Guard Border Patrol, feel free to contact us, and we will find an answer.