Homeland Security officials said that the troops would provide support to law enforcement officers already working along the border by helping observe and monitor traffic between official crossing points, and would help analyze trafficking patterns in hopes of intercepting illegal drug shipments. They performed similar tasks in an earlier deployment along the border from 2006 to 2008, when they also assisted with road and fence construction. The troops have not been involved directly in intercepting border crossers. NYTMcCain wants 6,000.
Tuesday, May 25, 2010
Obama Sending 1,200 Guard Troops to Border
Read James Jones and John Brennan's border letter here.