Monday, June 20, 2011

Obama administration extends National Guard deployment at southwest border - latimes.com

Obama administration extends National Guard deployment at southwest border - latimes.com

The Obama administration has extended the deployment of National Guard troops along the southwest border for an additional three months, said Department of Homeland Security spokesman Matthew Chandler Friday.

The 1,200 National Guardsmen sent to assist the Border Patrol in August 2010 were scheduled to stand down at the end of June, but have been ordered to remain in place until Sept. 30.

National Guard troops are not authorized to stop smugglers or make arrests, and instead have acted as lookouts for Border Patrol and provided logistical and intelligence support, freeing up more frontline law enforcement officers to stop cross-border traffic.

DHS is spending part of that cash infusion on new mobile camera towers, fencing and increasing the number of surveillance drone flights along the southwest border.

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