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Palazzo Supports National Guard Troops Securing Border

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Washington, April 7, 2018 | Colleen Kennedy (202-225-5772) | comments
Washington, DC - Congressman Steven Palazzo (MS-4) issued the following statement after President Trump announced the deployment of National Guard troops to help the United States Border Patrol secure the southern border.

"I agree with and fully support President Trump's decision to send our National Guard troops to the southern border," Palazzo said." Right now, apprehensions at the border average one thousand individuals per day with a lack of resources to fully mitigate illegal immigration. The failure to enforce our current immigration laws has weakened our border security and has not adequately curbed the flow of illegal aliens and drugs into this country. As a member of the Mississippi National Guard, I know our soldiers are capable and fully prepared to handle this task. While we work to construct the border wall, our National Guard will help assist the Border Patrol in fulfilling its mission and providing protection to American citizens."

This is not the first time in recent history that a President has authorized and deployed National Guard troops. President Obama deployed guardsmen to the border in 2012, and President George W. Bush authorized the deployment of guardsmen as part of Operation Jump Start, which resulted in the arrest of 173,000 illegal aliens, the seizure of 300,000 pounds of drugs, and the rescue of 100 individuals. 

"We've seen this strategy work very well for previous administrations," Palazzo continued. "Similar deployments authorized by President Bush during his administration proved to be very successful. It's time for my colleagues in Congress to stop polarizing national security in order to make political advances. We have to secure our border and prioritize the safety of American citizens and our nation's sovereignty."

Additional background:
More than a thousand people are apprehended at the border each day - 300,000 per year. There was a 203 percent increase from March 2017 to March 2018 in illegal border crossings, which is the largest increase from month to month since 2011. 

These deployment orders will be coordinated between the President, the Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, and governors of each state.

Federal immigration authorities will direct enforcement efforts, and deployment durations will be based on operational needs.

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