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Its official, reduce the number of National Guard on the Border!

21 Dec
Border protection; not much of a wall!

Border protection; not much of a wall!

 Barack Obama on the other hand, strengthen the surveillance, reconnaissance and air transport in the area.

The Obama administration yesterday made official its decision to reduce the number of soldiers of the National Guard on the border with Mexico and, in turn, strengthen the surveillance, reconnaissance and air transport in the area.

The departments of Homeland Security (DHS) and Defense (DoD) announced that they will maintain their alliance on the southern border with the addition, from January, civilian personnel and ships of recognition and support of air mobility Border Patrol, since March.

“With additional civil servants, including a record number of patrol officers, and deployed, the mission of the Department of State will begin its transition as part of a new strategic approach,” said the two secretariats in a joint statement.

Part of this new “strategic approach” will include the deployment of aircraft and helicopters “equipped with the latest surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities.”

Also, the Pentagon will provide “air mobility support” border agents, which allow “rapid response”.

“The deployment of these new DoD assets, along with DHS staff in the field, will allow the DoD to reduce the number of National Guard troops on the southwest border, while strengthening border security,” they said.

Currently 200 items thousand National Guard are stationed at the border and helped arrest more than 25 000 people since 2010. Not specify the new total effective.

According to legislative estimates, the 25,514 apprehensions have cost 160 million dollars, or $ 6,271 per detainee.

The reduction in the quota of the National Guard on the border was advanced last week to lawmakers in the House of Representatives, sparking criticism from the Texas governor and presidential candidate, Rick Perry.

Homeland Security said the new phase of the mission of the National Guard include the most advanced air assets for surveillance and reconnaissance, air transport also to improve the responsiveness of the Border Patrol.

Only in fiscal 2011, the Border Patrol arrested 340,252 people, an indicator of the decreased flow of undocumented immigrants to the United States and a reduction of 53% over 2008.

Since 2004, the number of Border Patrol agents doubled to 21,444.

Congress passed over the weekend a budget of$775 million for fencing, infrastructure and border detection technology, as well as keeping alive a program that allows police to act as immigration agents.

It authorized a budget of 700 million dollars to 11,000 Customs and Border agents for Protection.

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