FROM THE BORDER – A formal request from assistance for additional US troops and other logistical support regarding the U.S.-Mexico has been sent to the Pentagon. The document
has yet to be executed by Pat Shanahan, acting Secretary of Defense.
- There are 3,000 troops and 2,000 National Guard personnel deployed along the southern border.
- At its highest, there were 5,900 troops deployed for border security purposes.
If the request does not get executed by the acting Secretary of Defense border patrol becomes more ineffective.
“Where DHS loses its capacity is in the migrant family processing, when you think about their finite ability to do apprehensions they’re really kind of trapped back in the processing side of things,” said Shanahan.
President Donald Trump voiced his support for border patrol and said more military needs to be at the southern border as the cartel continue to push drugs and control human trafficking across state lines.
Mexico’s Soldiers recently pulled guns on our National Guard Soldiers, probably as a diversionary tactic for drug smugglers on the Border. Better not happen again! We are now sending ARMED SOLDIERS to the Border. Mexico is not doing nearly enough in apprehending & returning!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 24, 2019
Border patrol agents and law enforcement continue to be overwhelmed as statistics show how ports of entry are reaching their breaking point. In March, border patrol saw more apprehensions than any other month. Border patrol apprehended 96,607 individuals along the southern border. In February they apprehended 66,884 individuals and 47,984 in January.
Ports of entry are so overwhelmed that the city of Yuma declared a state of emergency last week. Border patrol officials anticipate other cities will need to declare a state of emergency as the reach their breaking point and run out of resources.
Marissa Martinez is a political contributor for Accuracy in Media. She is the former political director to Massachusetts Governor’s re-election campaign, alumna of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and political consultant to national PACs. Follow her stories, @MarissaAlisa.