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Defense Department Reports Fewer Than 300 National Guard Troops Will Be Kept At Border

December 22, 2011 by  

Defense Department Reports Fewer Than 300 National Guard Troops Will Be Kept At Border

The Administration of President Barack Obama will keep a small amount of National Guard troops stationed along the Mexican border for the next year, the Defense Department said on Tuesday.

The Associated Press reported that starting in January, the force of 1,200 National Guard troops at the border will be reduced to less than 300 at a cost of roughly $60 million, noted Paul Stockton, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Homeland Defense.

According to the news outlet, the troops will divert their efforts to the air, as they will switch from patrolling the border on the ground to using aerial surveillance missions in military helicopters and airplanes equipped with high-tech radar and other gear.

“We are basically going from boots on the ground to boots in the air,” David Aguilar, deputy commissioner for Customs and Border Protection, told the AP.

The Hill reported that the reaction in Congress was split along party lines, as House Judiciary Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-Texas) noted that troops should remain until Border Patrol agents have assumed control of a majority of the operations.

“If the Obama Administration’s goal is border security, their actions undermine their objective,” Smith said. “The administration’s decision to draw down the National Guard troops along the U.S.-Mexico border makes an already porous border worse.”

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  • s c

    Let me guess. David Aguilar has had MANY years of experience and training in the military. So, Chicago’s gift to politics, Obummer, is doing exactly what his ego demands – again. That is, TOO LITTLE TOO LATE.
    How “lucky” we are to have such consummate, world-class and superlative ‘talent.’ I’ll bet on the illegals, since it’s clear that they have all the advantages of a criminally corrupt regime in Washington.
    It’s obvious that we’re screwed with a mentality that demands that criminals [illegals] be treated BETTER than Americans.
    Once again, people, the inmates are running the fricking ASYLUM, and the ‘new staff’ is ADDICTED TO DRUGS AND POWER. Thanks for NOTHING, utopians.

    • Joe H.

      sc,
      this all makes sense!!! The closer to the election it gets, the more you are going to see Abummer loosen the controls on the border!1 HE NEEDS THE VOTES!!!! I hope eddie disagrees with me on this as there is already a mayor calling for the illegals to be able to vote in LOCAL politics and it will only elevate from there!! The camels nose, doncha know!!!

  • Jim Robinett

    if obama only has a token force on the border then the thousands of illegals can still enter without proper authority. It is presumed that this will be able to obtain more votes of obama when it declares amnesty to all of them and gives them American citizenship free of charge.

    • wandamurline

      The drug cartels coming over are scarry enough, but with the thousands of wetbacks crossing on a daily basis, you had better watch your health. When an immigrant comes to America legally, they are screened for disease…not with the illegals. The cases of TB are on the rise, and my husband just found out that he has contracted malaria in the US for pete’s sake, as we have not been out of this country since 2003. If a mosquito bites an illegal who is infected, the scenario begins…it bites another person, that person is infected, and any mosquitos who bite that person are infected and so on and so on. I cannot prove that this was from a mosquito that bit an illegal, but with the number of them living free in Texas, I can pretty much bet on it. Malaria is in the US now and flourishing, so watch out, don’t get bitten.

      • cawmun cents

        I cant believe that you dont understand that gubment is there to protect you from yourselves,and not the influence of foreign nationals.
        Where is your head,wandamurline?-CC.

    • borderlinedevill

      you got it illegals CAN VOTE this is all for reelection. for the fraud n chief has no accomplishments to run on

      • Franko

        Actually, I beg to differ… the fraudster in the White House ought to be in the Big House, or facing lead poisoning or rope burn for treason! His accomplishments include the following:
        - everything he has done has been to KILL AMERICA for his handlers (after all, the bastard president is merely a puppet)
        - everything he has said has been carefully planned to subtly let Americans know that he intends to DESTROY AMERICA so that his handlers can change the country to AMERIKA – welcome Comrades one and all…
        * how do you know he is lying? his lips are moving…

        • Joe H.

          Frank,
          He ought to be in a chamber, smelling gas so he has a chance to THINK on how he screwed the people, even the ones that supported him!!! Too bad those people are too blind to see!!!

          • http://naver Samurai

            I’ll bet a lot of them have waken up over the last 3 years. The only problem is that it took 3 long years for them to do this. Merry Christmas everyone. FOR GOD AND COUNTRY!

    • T-Texas

      You forgot to mention the fact he is giving them free phones and service.They will be able to vote fro their phones.BS BS BS

      • Joe H.

        T-TEXAS,
        Yeah, thats under the plan called “ET PHONE HOME”!!!

  • Doc Sarvis

    IF our fellow citizens who employ these people – drawing them over the border to make things better for their families, would stop hiring them then the problem would dry up.

    • JB

      You really are out of touch, Doc ! ! ! You have no idea – -

    • borderlinedevill

      the fraud n chief ont want nothing to do with the e verfy law

    • cawmun cents

      Perhaps the gubment could enact legislation by which student loans could be paid off by working the jobs only illegals will do because of the poor conditions and less pay.
      That would keep thousands of college age students busy year round,help the economy because businesses would thrive,and teach college age student the value of hard work and ethics.
      How about that Doc?
      -CC.

    • s c

      d, if you’re trying to imply that EVERY illegal who crosses the border (ILLEGALLY) gets hired, I’ve got to try that mind-boggling DRUG you’re taking. This criminal government may have stats on that topic, but without having accesss to those phantom government stats, I can guarantee you that NOT every illegal gets hired.
      What Obummer gets out of this *^#-+ is MILLIONS of easy, illegal and immoral votes, comrade. Stop pretending, grow a spine and open your eyes. It’s one thing to be shoved. It’s something else to be willingly pulled around by your nose.
      The REAL solution is to have a PRESIDENT who does his CONSTITUIONAL duty and SEALS the BORDERS. We have a pretender, a putz, a prez, a third-rate poser and an in-house domestic enemy who belongs anywhere but in the White House, comrade.
      So how many decades has it been that you have had minimal standards for your leaders? Would it not follow that you also have minimals standards for yourself? Like tree, like ‘acorn,’ as they say.

      • Doc Sarvis

        How do non-citizens, in any meaningful numbers anyway, get the vote? When illegals come to our country the LAST thing they want to do is draw Federal government attention to themselves. They are not citizens, cannot vote, and don’t want to be noticed by the election boards etc. Big hole in your argument there.

        And by the way; President Obama has done more than any recent president to enforce our border with Mexico.

        • http://naver Samurai

          Obama bin Laden has done more to enforce our boarder with Mexico? Ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha, ha! I thought it was Christmas time and not April Fool’s Day. By selling guns to Mexican drug cartels, giving land in Arizona to the Mexicans, siding with Mexico in court against Arizona’s immigration law, his minions sending death threats to Sheriff Joe for investigating Obama bin Laden, etc.? Sheesh! You don’t seem like a doc to be, just a darned ostrich with his head buried somewhere dark, moist, and stanky. Neeeeed to be making that popping sound. FOR GOD AND COUNTRY!

          • s c

            Samurai, I’m not the only one to suggest it, but if
            Obummer had any integrity [obviously, he doesn't], he could put hundreds or thousands of people to work IMMEDIATELY in Arizona (and Texas, New Mexico and California). Their only job would be to clean up the TONS of trash brought into our southern border states by Obummer’s illegal hordes.
            AND, they could also make a case for the idea that no trash=no more illegals. But, you know how Obummer thinks. He’s GOT to have MILLIONS of illegals as new voters because he can’t always count on those pesky dead voters to keep him in office.
            In effect, Obummer is willing to sacrifice the environment(s) of those states and gleefully VIOLATE his precious EPA ‘standards.’ Illegal voters MUST come before the environment. Ain’t THAT a ^*$*+?

          • Palin16

            You said that right Samurai! Obama bin Laden should be deported to Indonesia, with no pension. McCain- Palin win by default and appoint new cabinet. Goodbye Hillary, Napolitano, and Holder.

          • http://naver Samurai

            Thanks s.c. and Palin16. Merry Christmas to the both of you from Sook Young and I. FOR GOD AND COUNTRY!

          • Palin16

            Ho ho ho! Merry Christmas to you too. How do you say it in Korean? My friend in Iceland says its “Gleðileg jól”.

    • Joe H.

      Doc,
      If for but one minute you would pull your head out of your wazoo, you would know that they will still come as they can get WELFARE and live like kings compared to home!! They are TOO LAZY to do anything about their country, so they come HERE to despoil the United States of America!!! PLEASE DOC, MAKE THE POPPING SOUND!!! Before it is too late!!!

      • http://naver Samurai

        I think it is way too late. FOR GOD AND COUNTRY!

  • jack

    The illegals and the folks that employ them all have the same problem. They are in violation of the LAW of the land. Stop being mamby pamby about things and start prosecuting all of them, illegals and citizens alike to the FULL EXTENT OF THE LAW.

  • S. Wilson

    Well, I could go along with air patrols as long as these planes & heilo’s are armed with hellfire missiles.

  • JB

    Ah, politics ! ! !
    Send thousands – at really great costs, seperating families and putting our servicemen/women at risk of death, to “defend” foreign borders and people, but
    no need to establish significant “at home” protection for Americans living/working/investing on our southern border. Waste billions in some miserable foreign nation, but no investment in security here ? ? ?
    Ah, politics ! ! ! !
    Elections are coming – -

    • Warrior

      Exactly, I wonder if we’ll begin seeing political polling questions in espanol soon?

      • Joe H.

        SI SENOR!!!!! ES MUCHO MALO!!!

    • Bailey

      What has happened and is happening to this country is shameful. Someone asked McCain if Obama was a socialist….Oh No, he cried, shaking his head. Someone asked Romney the same question…and he gave the same response. Trent Lott said he was a communist…and he was condemned. Lobama was raised by a Marxist athiest critical thinker whose parents were communist friendly. A fruit does not fall far from it’s tree. We have elected the enemy and he is among us, big time. He is without a shadow, a Marxist socialist, closet Muslim….”we are no longer a Christian nation”, “I’m sorry we are still a super power”, “My wife and I attended flag burnings”….on and on. He is totally void of true love for this nation…he is a pretender, he really hates the military, he hates capitalism, and feels that everyone should drink from the same soup bowl, wear the same clothes…that is, except for him and who he feels deserves better. The election is coming???? What election? The American mind is so easily influenced by propaganda and brain washing…..a $200 gift for booze, cigs, and other delights is enough to buy his vote. We are sitting at the bottom of the privy pit and we are being crapped on daily. Axelrod and Soros, along with the communist party are calling the shots.

  • http://Boblivingston Gottaplenty

    That will probably be next,then of course there are many more languages that will have to be accomidated so we do not discriminate. Page after page.

  • borderlinedevill

    i see in alabamas new immigration law has dropped unimployment by 1.3%.with illegals leaving

    • sheldon

      Poke around on google an find out what kind of trouble Alabama and Georgia had harvesting some crops when the illegals left the state. Although I’m okay with prisoners being used to harvest these crops by hand, I’m still concerned about the farmers who can’t find anyone to do this nasty, back-breaking work. What kind of outcry will there be when the prices of broccoli, and cauliflower and all the other hand harvested vegetables increases? Just sayin’.

      • http://naver Samurai

        WWWWWWhhhhhaaaaahhhhh! This law should stand, no matter what BS you put on this screen. It’s people like you that help keep this country polarized and divided. I’ll bet that the farmers could get college kids to do the job. How about the many unemployed across Alabama and Georgia? If they were paid a fair wage, don’t you think they might do the job? How about the farmers getting off of their backsides, taking their sons, and going to the fields and do the work themselves? Sheesh! Such an idiot! FOR GOD AND COUNTRY!

        • Joe H.

          Samurai,
          School kids used to do it for YEARS!!! Many would NOW if the farmers would hire them instead of the illegals at a less than minimum wage!!!
          I talked to a friend of mine the other day that has worked for the same plumber/ waterproofer for about twenty-five years. His boss hired a Mexican a couple of months ago and then turned around and laid him off!! Twenty-five years given to the boss and he did this!!!
          I don’t know if the Mex is LEGAL but If he isn’t, i hope he gets DEPORTED!!!

  • bob wire

    Hmm? maybe the hiring of 887 new federal border patrol officers has something to do with it? or that for now, the strong tide has receded compared to previous years.

    Ya thAnk?

    • http://naver Samurai

      We should bring our troops home, reopen many of our bases across the Southwest, and have them patrol our boarder on the land and in the air. Never knew any drug cartel personnel that could stand up to an M1A1 tank or F-16 aircraft. Maybe Obama bin Laden is affraid of Mexico’s president complaining about the carnage of his people along the boarder? FOR GOD AND COUNTRY!

    • Joe H.

      No, I don’t THANK!! I think it’s all part od Abummers plan! If it has slowed so much, then how are they deporting so many MORE??? Or is THAT a LIE??? Can you say ONE WORLD ORDER???

  • eddie47d

    The usual fear mongering is in full swing around here as per usual. This has nothing to do with votes so how bitter and shallow can some of you be. As Bob has said those new and well trained Border Agents will take the place of the National Guard leaving. The rest of the surveillance will be done with drones which can monitor larger areas and allow those on the ground to respond faster. R- Lamar Smith seems to be the one playing politics and looking for votes.

    • http://naver Samurai

      Screw drones! They could be used to spy on the average American. Have boots on the ground and military aircraft in the air. There once was on the Mike Gallager (sp) show in 2002 a video showing the taking out of 3 Taliban/Al-Queda members in Afghanistan. It was from an Apache helicopter from 1 – 2 km away. Can’t we do that here also? I think this would get more support then drones and 800 – 900 boarder agents. More results also. FOR GOD AND COUNTRY!

    • eddie47d

      Drones are military aircraft!

      • Joe H.

        Gee eddie, Maybe he is talking about MANED ARCRAFT!!! DUH!! If they have a pilot, he can make better choices than a joy stick operator a hundred miles removed!! Like 360* view to see possible CHILDREN with their parents!! Why don’t you try to use that cranium for more than keeping your ears apart!!!

  • americanfreedom70

    Why not just expand the castle doctrine to include border protection? I am sure many land owners would be more than happy to enforce no tresspassing by illegals. After all illegals are a threat to Americans everywhere. My ancestors came to Ellis Island on their way in, and were not allowed to leave unless they could PROVE they were going to be a positive contributor to America. Citizenship was granted on very strict criteria including testing in ENGLISH. I have never understood why this went away.

    • Joe H.

      americanfreedom70,
      If you know somebody that gets the american Legion magazine, check out january 2012s issue. there is an article in it entitled “Our Third Front” all about the Mexican border. According to the article, the new york Times reported that the US has authorized Mexican security forces to use US territory as a staging area for operations into mexico. Seeing as there are people with property all along the border, it wold seem the Government is giving mexico permission to trespass on private property!! I don’tthink I’d appreciate the government doing that to ME!!! als , in the same piece, it states”Secretary of state Hillary Clinton has expressed worries that, she recently traveled to guatemala to hammer out a security plan to help central American countries fight the drug armies.”
      Yeah! She goes to Guatemala and forgets about the border with US!!!
      suggest you read it!! This government is helping NO ONE but itself!!!

  • Buck

    Obviously the state of our economy has so few coming in that we need to encourage more to come by anouncing a reduction in force on the border .

  • Thinking About

    My, my so many incorrect comments here. By the way, what happened to the Act which prevented W from placing troops on the borders? Guess it was changed or was never true in the first place. For the poor farmers in Alabama who can really understand the agriculture visa and others ignore the visas, maybe they can get the backers of this bill to harvest their crops. More is being handled at this time than any other time since the passage of current law in 1986. I would be very interested in fines tonthose who hire them. Stop the hiring of illegals and they will slow down the entry. By the way, calling slur names only downgrades those calling the names, grow up and become an example for others.

    • http://naver Samurai

      You sound exactly like Doc Sarvis. Are you two related or do you share the same lib sites? Don’t hire them could help, but it won’t help in the end. They’ll come here and have fake papers and ID and the company won’t bother to check them. Have the unemployed of Alabama or college students harvest their crops. Better yet, have them and their families harvest the crops. Then they can get the work done for free. FOR GOD AND COUNTRY!

    • Joe H.

      Gee Thinking(?)
      Perhaps the ones that have VISAs AREN’T ILLEGAL!!! The almost total majority tha left were ILLEGALS!!! If they want to come here and live, let them do it through the FRONT door and I will welcome them with open arms!! HOWEVER, I would be very willing to help plant a boot upside the backside of ANY that are here ILLEGALLY!!! I don’t care if they are Mexican, Irish, English, russian, muslim, israeli, or ANY other country of origin!!

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