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Trump Pledges to Deploy National Guard Troops in Not-So Unprecedented Move

Distant border fence in the desert near El Paso and its Mexican neighbor Juarez.

By Steve Neavling
Ticklethewire.com

President Trump boldly signed a proclamation Wednesday directing National Guard troops to the southwest border in what he falsely called an unprecedented move to crackdown on undocumented immigrants.

President Barack Obama deployed 1,200 members of the National Guard to the border in 2010, President George W. Bush’s decision in 2010 to send up to 6,000 National Guard members to increase military presence at the border in a two-year operation dubbed “Jump Start.”

Under the previous presidents’ plans, the guard members built infrastructure and conducted surveillance but left the arrests and enforcement up to Border Patrol agents who were trained in border enforcements.

Trumps plans, which lacks details about the operation, would not allow troops to come into physical contact with immigrants, three administration officials told NBC News

Homeland Security announced the policy in a statement Wednesday afternoon that read, “To secure the border and make America safe, we need to deploy the National Guard. Deploying the National Guard will serve as an immediate deterrent while dramatically enhancing operational control of the U.S. border.”

The statement added the troops would “support federal law enforcement personnel … and that federal migration authorities “will direct enforcement efforts.”

Trump’s announcement, which caught some of his advisers by surprise, pledged Tuesday, Until we can have a wall and proper security, we are going to be guarding our border with the military.” 

Details like the number of troops to be involved and how long they will stay there remain unknown and are expected to be hammered out in the coming days, officials said.

Federal Agents Seize Tens of Thousands of Fentanyl Pills In Huge Drug Bust in Utah

pillsBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

It’s being billed as one of the largest drug busts in Utah history.

Federal agents seized tens of thousands of synthetic opioids – or fentanyl pills – and cash Tuesday at a home in Utah where a “pill press” was found, the Washington Post reports. 

The pills were falsely labeled as Xanax or oxycodone and shipped across the U.S.

The DEA, National Guard and IRS were involved in the raid at a home in the city of Cottonwood Heights in Salt Lake County.

“A very small amount ingested, or absorbed through your skin, can kill you,” warned Acting DEA Deputy Administrator Jack Riley in June.

Aaron Michael Shamo, 26, was charged with possession of fentanyl with intent to distribute.

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National Guard Troops in Texas Fight Boredom, Not Illegal Immigration, So Far

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

National Guard troops continue to arrive in Texas on the orders of Gov. Rick Perry to help crackdown on the border crisis, but so far, there’s not much for them to do, the Washington Post reports.

The troops, who are wearing body armor and carrying pistols, were spotted fighting boredom as their role continues to confuse federal law enforcement.

“The music keeps me up,” said one soldier listening to R&B. “We’re keeping our eyes on the brush.”

So far, Border Patrol units have stood watch, usually watching over the river.

To date, about 400 of the anticipated 1,000 guardsman have arrived.

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Texas Gov. Rick Perry Said Humanitarian Crisis at Mexico Border is ‘Side Issue’

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The crippling influx of migrant children escaping violence in Central America is a “side issue” to tackling the wave of crime from undocumented immigrants, Texas Gov. Rick Perry said Sunday.

While most politicians in Washington expressed concerns about the 62,000 unaccompanied minors crossing the border, Perry said he is “substantially more concerned about” the criminals coming into the state.

“That’s the real issue here, and one that all too often gets deflected by the conversation about unaccompanied minor children,” Perry said on CNN’s “State of the Union” on Sunday.

Perry said last week that he plans to deploy up to 1,000 National Guard troops to “combat” crime.

“We’ll continue to do what we have to do to keep our citizens safe,” he said.

 

 

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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Editorial: Extending Arrest Power to Guard Troops Is Unnecessary

By Editorial Board
Beaumont Enterprise  

If there’s anything worse than Gov. Rick Perry sending 1,000 National Guard troops to the Mexican border to boost his presidential hopes, it’s Sen. Ted Cruz calling for them to have federal arrest powers – to boost his presidential hopes.

That’s a bad idea, and someone like Cruz who says he’s a strict constitutionalist should know that. Members of the National Guard and regular military have long been restricted by U.S. laws and customs from these kinds of police duties. Their job is to fight wars. If they are deployed domestically, invariably it’s in response to a natural disaster.

Guard troops have no training in arresting or detaining illegal immigrants. While that’s not an extremely complicated practice, it’s also not something you just start doing on a whim. There’s no reason this task can’t be handled by law enforcement or Border Patrol agents, who already know what they’re doing.
Texans should not be misled by these political stunts. Perry called out the National Guard to impress the people of Iowa and New Hampshire as much as those in Texas. Now Cruz realizes that he has to ratchet up the noise to keep pace with his rival in Texas.

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National Guard Troops May Get Authority to Arrest Undocumented Immigrants in Texas

Tex. Gov. Rick Perry/official photo

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The 1,000 National Guard troops who were deployed by Texas Gov. Rick Perry to assist with the border crisis may get the unusual authority to make arrests and apprehensions, the New York Times reports.

In the past, troops who were sent by presidents were prohibited from making arrests while they helped at the border. But since Perry ordered the deployment, he has the authority to permit Guard troops to make arrests, the New York Times wrote.

Immigration rights advocates and experts on the National Guard expressed concern that troops were ill trained to handle potentially deadly encounters.
“This does not come from the federal government,” said Jayson P. Ahern, a former Customs and Border Protection acting commissioner who helped coordinate deployment of the National Guard to the border in 2006. “That’s the biggest distinction here. This is the governor taking unilateral action. Not having that oversight and supervision and direction as part of a plan from the federal authorities, I think it is reckless and could lead to significant safety issues.”

The troops are expected at the border next month but they cannot enforce immigration law.

Obama Administration to Assess Need for National Guard Troops at Texas-Mexico Border

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The Obama administration is going explore the need for deploying National Guard troops to the Texas-Mexico border, the Washington Post reports. The administration has dispatched a team of military and national security officials to examine whether the Rio Grande Valley would benefit from a military “temporary assist.”

Despite objections from Democrats, Texas Gov. Rick Perry decided earlier this week to send 1,000 of his state’s National Guard troops to the border over the next month.

“The assessment team will review support options that increase U.S. Customs and Border Protection capacity to conduct enforcement and processing activities and to enable DHS to implement a surge plan that addresses spikes in the influx of UACs [unaccompanied alien children]/migrants along the Southwest Border,” a senior administration official said, speaking on condition of anonymity.

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