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National Guard in border plan
« on: June 15, 2006, 12:27:51 AM »
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Talks continue to define role of National Guard in border plan
By STERRY BUTCHER

PRESIDIO COUNTY – Discussion continues this week on how the National Guard will help the Border Patrol secure the U.S.-Mexico frontier, though specifics have not yet been finalized.

“We do have a liaison officer on site from the National Guard, an advance party, who is looking at things, coordinating with our people and trying to get ready,” said Marfa Sector Public Affairs Officer Bill Brooks. “We don’t know how many, their specialty or what their jobs will be, but we’ll be ready for them when they get here.”

The troops are a part of a border security plan outlined in May by President George W. Bush. As many as 6,000 National Guard troops may be eventually deployed in a support role with the Border Patrol. The supplement of troops will beef up a frontier presence while the Border Patrol undergoes a campaign to boost recruitment and training.

There’s no word on when troops might be sent to the Marfa Sector, though last week Gov. Rick Perry did sign a memorandum of understanding that will allow troop deployment in the state. Col. Bill Meehan of the Texas National Guard has said that 150 planners have been strategizing troop locations and duties. Meehan said the soldiers aren’t expected in El Paso until at least July, and added that 2,300 troops will head to their frontier posts all along the U.S.-Mexico border by August.  

“El Paso is a focus sector in terms of our national strategy,” explained Brooks, “so they’re likely to get people before we would.”

Brooks has been told that the National Guard troops are “self contained,” which may indicate that they sleep in tents or temporary quarters that they maintain.

Border Patrol and National Guard officials have repeatedly made one thing certain: the Border Patrol is the lead agency in the collaboration with the National Guard, whose mission has been dubbed Operation Jump Start.

“We know they’re coming in a support role,” said Brooks. “We will maintain our law enforcement presence. We appreciate their support and we’re looking forward to when they’re getting here.”


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Offline Casa Grande

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« Reply #1 on: June 15, 2006, 08:30:04 AM »
I was having dinner with my little cousin last night who is in the Army Reserves.  He just returned from a stint in Iraq and says he may be going to the border next. But he also said, they won't be armed, at all.

I'm a bit confused but I think it's a perfect example of politicians throwing a superficial "solution" at something.

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« Reply #2 on: June 15, 2006, 10:03:55 AM »
It is an election year.
I'll be the jump start for the car parked in your mind, 'Cause you left the lights on all night long.

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« Reply #3 on: June 16, 2006, 09:41:40 AM »
I actually like the idea.  We have the availability of a lot of people, so why not use the guard to actually guard the border?  What what I have read, most of the people will be used in support roles, allowing many Border Patrol agents to leave their current desk positions and get back into the field.  

As a person who owns land in West Texas within 15 miles of the border, I didn't worry much about illegals in the old days, since they were all just coming over looking for work.  But now, it seems like every article you read talks about how all the illegals are getting caught with backpacks full of hash, or even cocaine.  That concerns me, since drugs = money = the possibility of violence.  I want every person available to be out there keeping dangerous people off my property.  And that's only the selfish reason that I'm glad they're doing more to guard the border.  What's more contentious is the macroeconomic reasons, which I won't get into.

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« Reply #4 on: June 16, 2006, 12:02:20 PM »
it's like painting a weather rotten fence with shiny new paint....won't last, ineffective and does nothing.

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« Reply #5 on: June 16, 2006, 12:14:38 PM »
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it's like painting a weather rotten fence with shiny new paint....won't last, ineffective and does nothing.


I agree. They will never be able to throw enough manpower at the border to even come close to shutting it down.

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« Reply #6 on: June 18, 2006, 02:43:04 AM »
I just returned from Annual Training with my National Guard unit here in Arkansas. We got word that we will likely be deploying to the border during the coming year. The Guard role is purely support... extra eyes and soliders to make infrastructure improvements.  I have mixed feelings about it. I love the influx of Hispanic culture we have had in Arkansas during the past 10 years, but I can also appreciate the need to secure our southern border. I think the Guard is well equipped to handle this job, especially after having been deployed to Iraq. As far as I know, there are no plans to use any Reserve personnel on the border. The Guard can function in a law enforcement capacity, but Army Reserve can not.
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