Border left 'wide open' after red states pull National Guard and police

  

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Via:  sister-mary-agnes-ample-bottom  •  2 months ago  •  35 comments

By:   Anna Giaritelli (MSN)

Border left 'wide open' after red states pull National Guard and police
MCALLEN, Texas — The swarm of National Guard soldiers and state police that governors sent to guard the Texas-Mexico border earlier this summer are gone, leaving the border effectively unmanned with just 6% of the reinforcements left behind.

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MCALLEN, Texas — The swarm of National Guard soldiers and state police that governors sent to guard the Texas-Mexico border earlier this summer are gone, leaving the border effectively unmanned with just 6% of the reinforcements left behind.

"We used to have a National Guard posted there," Border Patrol agent Chris Cabrera told the Washington Examiner while driving along a dirt road that runs parallel with the border near the Hidalgo port of entry late one evening recently. "There was another one right over here, but they took that guy, too."

Cabrera is the vice president of the Border Patrol union's Rio Grande Valley chapter. On a 12-mile drive along roads that agents use to access the overgrown land along the Rio Grande, Cabrera points out a total of 11 spots where National Guard soldiers had been posted all summer. They manned mobile camera towers and could also call in sightings of illegal immigrants or drug smugglers attempting to sneak through the brush.

Now, no one is keeping watch and Cabrera admits that agents, half of whom have been pulled from the field to transport and process illegal crossers in custody, do not even know who is coming through in those unguarded areas. Cabrera described it as "wide open."

"We were already stretched thin with their help and having them here relieved a lot of pressure on us," Cabrera said. "Now they took away manpower that we can't really afford for them to take away."

Reinforcements were called in at the start of summer. In June, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott solicited help from other states to patrol the border as more migrants were coming across than any time in the past two decades. Arkansas and South Dakota sent in state National Guard soldiers, while state troopers were called in from Florida, Iowa, Nebraska, and Ohio.

But four months since Abbott's call for assistance, nearly all have quietly returned home, according to data provided by the Texas Division of Emergency Management and the Texas Military Department. The 48 soldiers from South Dakota were called back. Among the state police, all 14 in Ohio, 26 in Nebraska, 28 in Iowa, and 69 from Florida have been pulled from the line, unable to endlessly work out of state.

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds, a Republican, said on Wednesday that the state could not continue with the costs, while other governors have said their states need law enforcement back in their communities.

As of Friday, just 11 soldiers from outside Texas are the only out-of-state military or law enforcement help Texas has on the border, fewer than a tenth of the personnel who were there this summer.

"They would monitor the mobile center, mobile tower trucks, camera trucks," Cabrera said. "Nobody is bringing those out because they're not there. These were static positions where we would put a vehicle and two guardsmen in there so if somebody ran across that area, they could call it out."

In this part of the Rio Grande Valley, it is common to see Border Patrol agents parked in their vehicles every half a mile to a mile. Just two agents were in the field on patrol in those 12 miles.

Many agents in the field here are assigned to an outdoor processing center under a bridge in Anzalduas Park. Just several dozen feet from the edge of that site, a single woman stood on the dirt road that Cabrera drove down. She approached Cabrera's personal vehicle and said she was from Venezuela, having just crossed the river, and did not know where to go.

Further down Rincon Road, which is known as the dirt highway that migrants who have crossed the Rio Grande will walk down to find agents and surrender or get away, groups of families and single adults walked in from the river. Four Hidalgo County constables were parked at the top of the road ready to direct migrants toward the outdoor processing site, where they would wait for several hours before being transported to a tent facility or Border Patrol station.

One pregnant woman held her belly as she gave her name to one of the constables. Another woman on crutches told the constable she fell while trying to board the infamous "Beast" train in Mexico and the train wheel ran over her lower leg. Her leg was amputated below the knee, but she continued hundreds more miles determined to get to the United States. She is the last one in the group who surrendered and limped on behind the others.

The Rio Grande Valley has seen more illegal immigration encounters over the past decade than any of the eight other regions that the Border Patrol patrols along the 2,000-mile border.

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Sister Mary Agnes Ample Bottom
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1  seeder  Sister Mary Agnes Ample Bottom    2 months ago

It doesn't take much of a stretch to figure out what nightmare will be at the top of Trump's campaign platform.

 
 
 
squiggy
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1.1  squiggy  replied to  Sister Mary Agnes Ample Bottom @1    2 months ago

I didn't see the story so much anti-Trump as what a stooge Biden is. And, why would these 'red' localities want to help him after the sanctuary city and kiddie cages hand that the left played?

 
 
 
Sister Mary Agnes Ample Bottom
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1.1.1  seeder  Sister Mary Agnes Ample Bottom  replied to  squiggy @1.1    2 months ago

This isn't so much about anti-Trump as it is anti-Biden.  

 
 
 
1stwarrior
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1.2  1stwarrior  replied to  Sister Mary Agnes Ample Bottom @1    2 months ago

Not a damn thing in the thread that even mentions "Trump" - c'mon folks - give it a rest.

Mexican cartel fires a MACHINE GUN across the border into the US with bullets zipping above a National Guard observation post as migrants flood in

As Paul Harvey would say - "And here's the rest of the story".  Same location - same news - getting to be pretty damn ridiculous that we, the U.S. citizens, have to put up with the BS that this administration is pulling 'cause they don't give a shyte.

"Oh, no - we gotta have our $5.1T bullshyte budget with all the pork in it.  Who needs to take care of the border????"

 
 
 
XXJefferson51
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1.3  XXJefferson51  replied to  Sister Mary Agnes Ample Bottom @1    2 months ago

Really?  Someone seeded a conservative article from a right of center news paper to try to blame red states or the past President for?  Seriously?  
it’s not the red states fault they can’t afford to keep their law enforcement out of state forever doing a job that is a federal responsibility.  The last President also had the border well under control when he left office and will get it back that way when he returns.  

 
 
 
Texan1211
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1.3.1  Texan1211  replied to  XXJefferson51 @1.3    2 months ago
The last President also had the border well under control when he left office and will get it back that way when he returns.  

And THAT is what pisses them off so badly!

Easy to compare the two Presidents' performance on the border.

Joe Biden comes up woefully short.

Maybe he should have put someone competent in charge instead of Ms. Harris.

 
 
 
Sister Mary Agnes Ample Bottom
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1.3.2  seeder  Sister Mary Agnes Ample Bottom  replied to  XXJefferson51 @1.3    2 months ago
 The last President also had the border well under control when he left office and will get it back that way when he returns.

Define 'well under control' please.

 
 
 
Texan1211
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1.3.3  Texan1211  replied to  Sister Mary Agnes Ample Bottom @1.3.2    2 months ago
Define 'well under control' please.

Well, it sure ain't record numbers coming across!

You know, like Biden and Harris have!

 
 
 
Tessylo
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1.3.4  Tessylo  replied to  Sister Mary Agnes Ample Bottom @1.3.2    2 months ago
"The last President also had the border well under control when he left office and will get it back that way when he returns."
"Define 'well under control' please."

Define "when he returns"!

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GregTx
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1.4  GregTx  replied to  Sister Mary Agnes Ample Bottom @1    2 months ago

One thing is for sure and that's this nightmare will be at the top of any Republicans campaign for presidency, and probably a few Democrats as well.

 
 
 
JohnRussell
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2  JohnRussell    2 months ago

So what exactly did all these red state national guards accomplish? According to the right nothing is being stopped at the border. 

Although I like the article I have to disagree that the border will be Trump's campaign issue.  His issue in 2024 will be that the election was stolen from him. How do we know this? because he is a lying scumbag of course. 

 
 
 
Kavika
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2.1  Kavika   replied to  JohnRussell @2    2 months ago

It's not like we don't have enough crime in Florida, but hey send some LEO's to TX.

 
 
 
Texan1211
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2.2  Texan1211  replied to  JohnRussell @2    2 months ago
So what exactly did all these red state national guards accomplish?

Well, they DID show how inept and unconcerned the Biden/Harris Admin. is about the crisis they still won't admit to is.

 
 
 
Sister Mary Agnes Ample Bottom
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2.3  seeder  Sister Mary Agnes Ample Bottom  replied to  JohnRussell @2    2 months ago
Although I like the article I have to disagree that the border will be Trump's campaign issue.

He certainly waved that banner in 2016.  Why wouldn't he do it again?

 
 
 
GregTx
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2.4  GregTx  replied to  JohnRussell @2    2 months ago

Inane. I've not seen anyone from the right suggest that the best way to handle the crisis at the border would be to remove personnel. Perhaps these states don't have the budget or need their people back in their states? Either way they shouldn't have to be down here doing the Federal government's job. Nor should the states along the border be absorbing the costs of the lack of control.

Well thankfully, your laser like focus gives me assurance that TRUMP won't make it.

 
 
 
Ender
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3  Ender    2 months ago

Imo some of the people were sent there for political reasons only.

 
 
 
Sister Mary Agnes Ample Bottom
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3.1  seeder  Sister Mary Agnes Ample Bottom  replied to  Ender @3    2 months ago

Imo some of the people were sent there for political reasons only.

Gov. Abbott asked the governors of these states for help.  Now, these same governors have decided to withdraw that help and tiptoe out of Texas.

It's political right up to the eyeballs.  

 
 
 
Ronin2
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3.1.1  Ronin2  replied to  Sister Mary Agnes Ample Bottom @3.1    2 months ago

Why should red states have to pay for border security when it is the job of the federal government? The states aren't getting reimbursed for the money they are spending; and from the article. Time for the Biden Administration and the Democrats in Congress to "Nut up or shut up" and take full responsibility for what is going on at the Southern Border. I am sure they can spare a trillion to actually fix the border problem they created in their reconciliation bill.

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds, a Republican, said on Wednesday that the state could not continue with the costs, while other governors have said their states need law enforcement back in their communities.

Notice no blue states are sending in their police or National Guard to help out. 

 
 
 
Texan1211
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3.1.2  Texan1211  replied to  Ronin2 @3.1.1    2 months ago
Notice no blue states are sending in their police or National Guard to help out. 

Of course they don't care if we are overrun with illegal aliens.

Too many "blue" cities and states roll out the red carpet for illegal aliens.

 
 
 
SteevieGee
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4  SteevieGee    2 months ago

It's a matter of priorities.  They need these people to surveil pregnant women.

 
 
 
Sister Mary Agnes Ample Bottom
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4.1  seeder  Sister Mary Agnes Ample Bottom  replied to  SteevieGee @4    2 months ago
It's a matter of priorities.  They need these people to surveil pregnant women.

Nothing wrong with multi-tasking.

 
 
 
Dulay
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5  Dulay    2 months ago

What I find weird about this article is Cabrera claiming that they are too understaffed to take advantage of technology that they invested in. The CBP got the 28 MILLION they asked for and now Cabrera is saying that they can't manage to man them without outside LEOs or the NG?

Another weird thing is that video camera technology can be quite effective if monitored by a small cadre viewing the live video from a command center. Every airport and casino in America proves that posit. So WHY not augment the autonomous system they already have that is working instead of asking for a system they can't man?  

 
 
 
Ender
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5.1  Ender  replied to  Dulay @5    2 months ago

I say surveillance and drones.

The time for cowboys on horseback is over.

 
 
 
Dulay
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5.1.1  Dulay  replied to  Ender @5.1    2 months ago

In 2020 they heralded the autonomous methods. Now they're all about manned systems. It doesn't make sense. 

 
 
 
devangelical
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5.1.2  devangelical  replied to  Dulay @5.1.1    2 months ago

it's republican political theater for the media.

 
 
 
GregTx
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5.1.3  GregTx  replied to  devangelical @5.1.2    2 months ago

So only Republicans are concerned about the border?

 
 
 
Texan1211
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5.2  Texan1211  replied to  Dulay @5    2 months ago
The CBP got the 28 MILLION they asked for and now Cabrera is saying that they can't manage to man them without outside LEOs or the NG?

From the article:

Now, no one is keeping watch and Cabrera admits that agents, half of whom have been pulled from the field to transport and process illegal crossers in custody, do not even know who is coming through in those unguarded areas. Cabrera described it as "wide open."

Kind of explains it easily.

 
 
 
Ronin2
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5.3  Ronin2  replied to  Dulay @5    2 months ago

The CBP has all their personnel tied up running detention processing centers. They can't be in two places at once.

 
 
 
Dulay
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5.3.1  Dulay  replied to  Ronin2 @5.3    2 months ago

Um, the CBP doesn't run detention processing centers. 

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Ronin2
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5.3.2  Ronin2  replied to  Dulay @5.3.1    2 months ago

Detention by U.S. Customs and Border Protection

Who Runs CBP Facilities?

Within CBP, the Border Patrol detains noncitizens who entered without inspection by an immigration officer and transfers them to stations and processing centers. The Office of Field Operations (OFO) determines whether noncitizens encountered at ports of entry have proper immigration status to enter the United States. If not, officers can deem such noncitizens inadmissible. Those deemed inadmissible are either detained or permitted to withdraw their application for admission and leave the country. CBP runs all the facilities, although contractors may provide food or other services.

Better tell that to the federal government.

In fact, better tell the CBP that they are not in a crisis- because they claim they are.

“McAllen [Texas] was hit really, really hard,” said Ben Stern, a supervisory Border Patrol agent from Maine, one of hundreds of agents and officers deployed to address the crisis. One of his assignments was to help process illegal aliens after they were apprehended in the Rio Grande Valley in Texas, the area with the highest number of apprehensions in FY 2019. At the height of apprehensions in May, the entire Rio Grande Valley Sector  averaged more than 1,600 each day , compared to just 560 a day in May 2018. “Our role was as a holding facility until they could be transported elsewhere for processing [by Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or Health and Human Services facilities]. It was pretty chaotic at times.”

To deal with the unprecedented number of migrants, especially family members, CBP stood up six temporary, steel-framed structures . The facilities in Donna, El Paso and Tornillo, Texas, and in Yuma, Arizona, are weatherproof, climate-controlled spaces that include a variety of services to accommodate the incoming migrants.

“The additional capacity of these critical structures provides much needed help during the crisis,” Border Patrol Division Chief Lloyd Easterling, who is responsible for the temporary facilities in Donna, Texas, said at the peak of the immigrant flows this summer. But he added those facilities filled up as soon as they were constructed. CBP stood up the first facility in May and doubled the holding space for family units with a second facility in June.

To deal with the unprecedented number of migrants, especially family members, CBP stood up six temporary, steel-framed structures . The facilities in Donna, El Paso and Tornillo, Texas, and in Yuma, Arizona, are weatherproof, climate-controlled spaces that include a variety of services to accommodate the incoming migrants.

“The additional capacity of these critical structures provides much needed help during the crisis,” Border Patrol Division Chief Lloyd Easterling, who is responsible for the temporary facilities in Donna, Texas, said at the peak of the immigrant flows this summer. But he added those facilities filled up as soon as they were constructed. CBP stood up the first facility in May and doubled the holding space for family units with a second facility in June.

The El Paso Border Patrol sector has temporarily closed its system of highway checkpoints as it struggles to cope with a record influx of families crossing the border and requesting asylum. The agents who usually staff the checkpoints will be redeployed to process and transport the asylum seekers, according to multiple sources who spoke to   Texas Monthly   on the condition they not be identified because they aren’t authorized to speak publicly about the change. “We were told to go ahead and close down all the checkpoints,” one official said Saturday morning. Agents assigned to checkpoints were told they would be sent indefinitely to assist in efforts to process and transport hundreds of families and unaccompanied children crossing the border each day in El Paso, a surge that is overwhelming available resources. “It’s really out of control. It’s bad,” the official said. A Border Patrol spokesman said the agency was preparing a statement on the checkpoint issue but as of Saturday evening the agency hadn’t responded to   Texas Monthly   inquiries.

Or did you think the CBP just handed all illegals immediately off to ICE and DHS? 

 
 
 
Dulay
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5.3.3  Dulay  replied to  Ronin2 @5.3.2    2 months ago

Gee Ronin, you just block quoted that ICE or HHS does the processing. That refutes your claim. Well done, AGAIN.

 
 
 
Texan1211
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6  Texan1211    2 months ago

The policies of the Biden/Harris Admin, are at LEAST partly responsible for the debacle.

Why won't Biden and Harris at least TRY to secure the border?

 
 
 
1stwarrior
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6.1  1stwarrior  replied to  Texan1211 @6    2 months ago

Simply because they have no idea where the border is.

 
 
 
Texan1211
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7  Texan1211    2 months ago

You know it is bad when even Democratic reps are complaining about the lack of federal response to the crisis.

Apparently the Admin ignores all criticism or spins it somehow.

 
 
 
Texan1211
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8  Texan1211    2 months ago

Always amusing to hear progressives complain about what is going on at the border.

As if they give a damn other than encouraging illegal aliens.

 
 
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