By Associated Press September 19, at September 19, at For a decade, the fight against illegal immigration has helped Republicans win every statewide election in Arizona. AP — Jim Chilton stood before the four strands of barbed wire that separate his ranchland from Mexico and pointed at a nearby ridge.
Customs and Border Protection in this May 16,photo.
The troops' efforts cut the workloads of the CBP agents by running the range and lessens the time the range is down. That means the troops will not be allowed to detain immigrants, seize drugs from smugglers or have any direct involvement in stopping a migrant caravan that is still about 1, miles from the nearest border crossing.
Instead, their role will largely mirror that of the existing National Guard troops — about 2, in all — deployed to the border over the past six months, including providing helicopter support for border missions, installing concrete barriers and repairing and maintaining vehicles.
The new troops will include military police, combat engineers and helicopter companies equipped with advanced technology to help detect people at night. The head of the Border Patrol union has called the deployment of National Guard soldiers to the border a waste of time, saying the soldiers are duplicating, not adding to, agents' efforts.
Todd South The extraordinary military operation comes a week before the Nov. On Tuesday, he stepped up his dire warnings, calling the band of migrants fleeing poverty and violence in Central America an "invasion.
Gil Kerlikowske, Customs and Border Protection commissioner from tosaid the military cannot stop asylum seekers who show up at border crossings to seek protection, and that Border Patrol agents have had no trouble apprehending people who cross illegally.
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By giving us your email, you are opting in to our Newsletter: National Guard members throughout the Southwestern states have been working with Border Patrol and U. Customs and Border Protection as part of Operation Guardian Support, assisting in support roles such as aviation, manning viewing observation cameras and vehicle screening and inspection.
Thousands have already dropped out, applying for refugee status in Mexico or taking the Mexican government up on free bus rides back home, and the group is likely to dwindle even more during the arduous journey ahead.
Another smaller caravan earlier this year numbered only a couple hundred by the time it arrived at the Tijuana-San Diego crossing.
And despite the heightened rhetoric, the number of immigrants apprehended at the border is dramatically lower than past years. Border Patrol agents this year made only a quarter of the arrests they made in at the height of illegal immigration, when the agency had half of the staffing it does today.
The demographics have also drastically changed, from mostly Mexican men traveling alone, to Central American families with children. Tara Copp Migrants arriving at the border will now see a sizable U. That's because the military is bound by the Posse Comitatus Act, a 19th- century federal law that restricts participation in law enforcement activities.
Unless Congress specifically authorizes it, military personnel can't have direct contact with civilians, including immigrants, said Scott R.
Anderson of The Brookings Institution. Terrence O'Shaughnessy, head of U. Northern Command, said Tuesday that at least 5, troops were being sent to the Southwest border as the Pentagon works to meet requests from the Department of Homeland Security.
Still, the large troop deployment will be limited to performing similar support functions as the National Guard troops Trump has already sent to the border.
These include 1, flight hours logged by about National Guard troops in Arizona since they were deployed this spring. Members of the guard have also repaired more than 1, Border Patrol vehicles and completed 1, hours of supply and inventory, according to Customs and Border Protection.
In one case, a group of Border Patrol agents tracking drug smugglers in the remote Arizona desert in August called on a National Guard helicopter to keep an eye on the suspects and guide agents on the ground until they had them in custody.
That operation resulted in several arrests and the seizure of pounds of marijuana. O'Shaughnessy said there were about 1, troops already in Texas and that will grow to at least 1, likely by Wednesday.
The deployments to Arizona and California will follow. All are going to staging bases in the states, and there are none at the border yet, he said. It remains unclear why the administration was choosing to send active-duty troops given that they will be limited to performing the support functions the Guard already is doing.
Jerry Brown, the only Democratic governor in the four states bordering Mexico and a frequent Trump critic, conditioned his support on the troops having nothing to do with immigration enforcement or building border barriers.Assaults on ICE agents reached a decade high in , and assaults on Border Patrol agents have also surged in recent years, according to new government numbers that seem to back up agents' claims that illegal immigrants are increasingly looking to fight rather than flee.
The new numbers, reported by Homeland Security's inspector .
The horrific impacts of border militarization and the practices of racist agencies like Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) on border communities, immigrants, and people of color across the US have been well documented for years.
Trump has railed against illegal immigration, focusing on the migrant caravans that have been going on for several years but received little attention until now.
The fight against illegal immigration has helped Republicans win in Arizona. after she passed a spot where a border patrol agent was shot two months earlier. “We need to stop the drugs. Brown expressed strong interest in work against drug and gun smuggling and human trafficking, noting that the California Guard already had about 50 troops near the border .
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