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Texas Braces for Arrival of Hundreds of National Guard Troops Over Protests

Steve Neavling
ticklethwire.com

Not long from now, hundreds of Texas National Guard troops will descend on border towns in an unusual show of force.

The USA Today reports that some cities are welcoming the troops, who will arrive sporting camouflage and guns.

“If anything, [the guardsmen] will send a strong message that our border will be secure,” Rio Grande City Mayor Ruben Villarreal said. “We’ll have the manpower necessary to finally secure this area.”

Critics, including the federal government and state lawmakers, have said the troops’ presence could worsen the problem and even cause unnecessary deaths.

Gov. Rick Perry announced last week that he plans to bring in up to 1,000 troops.

 

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Homeland Security Director Jeh Johnson Acknowledges Border Security Needs to Be Improved

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Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

In a major departure from his predecessor, new Homeland Security Director Jeh Johnson is complaining that the border needs to be strengthened, the Washington Times reports.

Unlike predecessor Janet Napolitano, Johnson is urging Congress to help improve border security.

Napolitano took on the tone that the border was more secure than ever.

“When we met with him, he acknowledged right off the bat that he was well aware there was a problem on the southern border. There was not even a debate about that,” said Rosemary Jenks, government relations manager for NumbersUSA.

Johnson has been on the job for nearly six months and was alarmed by the condition at the border.

Sen. McCain Still Unsatisfied with Senate’s Confirmation of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Already, the new Homeland Security secretary and Sen. John McCain have gotten off on the wrong foot, the Arizona Republic reports.

After missing the Senate’s 57-37 vote to confirm Jeh Johnson, McCain said he would have voted against the nomination. 

Johnson was tapped by President Obama to replace Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano, who left in September to take a university position.

McCain said he’s frustrated with Johnson’s refusal to explain the metric behind measuring the effectiveness of border security.

“My question to him was, ‘When you are the secretary, will you give me that information?’ ” McCain said Thursday. “And he refused to say that he would, which is really very unusual.”

Commentary: Frightening Questions Raised Over Drones Patrolling Border

 

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Glenn Garvin
The Columbus Dispatch

Last month, when the Senate passed an amendment to its immigration-reform bill that included $46 billion to beef up border security, Sen. John McCain declared: “We’ll be the most militarized border since the fall of the Berlin Wall!” He didn’t know the half of it.

Since then, documents released as part of a lawsuit filed by the Electronic Frontier Foundation have revealed that the Department of Homeland Security has been preparing to fly armed drones along the border.

A long-term-planning document prepared by the department’s Customs and Border Patrol service, which is using Predator drones for surveillance along the border, would authorize the use of “ nonlethal weapons designed to immobilize” targets of interest.

That gets scarier when you thumb through some of the other newly released documents, which reveal that the Border Patrol plans to more than double its drone fleet over the next three years, to 24, and make them more easily available to other government agencies.

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New Bipartisan Proposal Would Add Unarmed Drones to Examine Borders

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The U.S. government would rely heavily on drones to inspect the borders under a new bipartisan proposal to reform immigration, the Medill News Service reports.

The unarmed drones are considered to be more effective and efficient than helicopters

Critics charge the drones are anything but.

“There’s been no evidence that (drones) have protected the homeland,” said Tom Barry, director of the TransBorder Project at the Center for International Policy, a liberal Washington think tank. “It’s just a political measure to show border security credentials of the immigration reform.”

CBP currently operates 10 unarmed drones.

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Homeland Security Secretary: Mexican Border Safer Now Than in Past

 

Janet Napolitano

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano criticized Republican lawmakers for suggesting that immigration is on the verge of getting out of control, the Associated Press reported.

While inspecting border security in El Paso, Napolitano said arrests and the seizure of drugs, weapons and currency are up.

“I believe the border is secure. I believe the border’s a safe border. That’s not to say everything is 100 percent,” Napolitano said Monday in San Diego during the first leg of her trip to the Southwest border.

The Obama administration has “deployed historic levels of personnel, technology and infrastructure to help secure the Southwest border,” she said Tuesday in El Paso.

Attempts to illegally cross the Mexican border are have been halved since 2008, Napolitano said.

It has meant that attempts to illegally cross from Mexico are half of what they were in 2008 and 78-percent down from their peak in 2000. “The numbers are the numbers,” she said.

Iraq, Afghan War Veterans Might Join Dept. of Homeland Security

By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

A Department of Homeland Security official on Wednesday announced a plan to hire veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan to operate satellite communications, blimps and other surveillance tech at stateside southern borders, reports NextGov.

Drawdowns in troop levels and overseas actions will leave the Pentagon with more equipment and personnel on hand at the same time that the Department of Homeland Security seeks to build a “virtual fence” along the southwest border of the nation. DHS officials were invited to share their plans for using the military systems with a House subcommittee on Wednesday, NextGov reported.

“We’ve got a huge number of personnel coming out of the military as we wind down in theater in Iraq,” Rep. Jeff Duncan (R-S.C.), of the Homeland Security Subcommittee on Border and Maritime Security, said. “There’s an opportunity there to hire already trained DoD personnel to run these systems.”

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