Comments Subscribe to Personal Liberty News Feed Subscribe to Personal Liberty
 

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.”

Special To Personal Liberty

You Sound Off! is written by our readers and appears the last Wednesday of each month. If you would like to submit an article or letter to the editor for consideration for You Sound Off!, send it to yousoundoff@personalliberty.com by the Friday before the last Wednesday of the month. To be considered, a submission should be 750 words or less and must include the writer's name, address and a telephone number. Only the writer's name will be published. Anonymous submissions will not be considered.

Facebook Conversations

Join the Discussion:
View Comments to “Defense Department Reports Fewer Than 300 National Guard Troops Will Be Kept At Border”

Comment Policy: We encourage an open discussion with a wide range of viewpoints, even extreme ones, but we will not tolerate racism, profanity or slanderous comments toward the author(s) or comment participants. Make your case passionately, but civilly. Please don't stoop to name calling. We use filters for spam protection. If your comment does not appear, it is likely because it violates the above policy or contains links or language typical of spam. We reserve the right to remove comments at our discretion.

Is there news related to personal liberty happening in your area? Contact us at newstips@personalliberty.com

Bottom
close[X]

Sign Up For Personal Liberty Digest™!

PL Badge

Welcome to PersonalLiberty.com,
America's #1 Source for Libertarian News!

To join our group of freedom-loving individuals and to get alerts as well as late-breaking conservative news from Personal Liberty Digest™...

Privacy PolicyYou can opt out at any time. We protect your information like a mother hen. We will not sell or rent your email address to anyone for any reason.