Putting the National Guard on the border is not just a snap your fingers and they appearby Karl W Hoffman on Oct. 10, 2010, under Border Issues, Uncategorized
Written by Hugh Holub
Photographed/Filmed by Karl W Hoffman
Exclusive Video From Skull Creek Media
Recently US Customs and Border Protection held a media event showcasing the deployment of the National Guard at the US-Mexico border. The National Guard deployment at the Arizona-Mexico border was completed October 1st.
Karl W Hoffman with Skull Creek Media covered the event.
The mission of the National Guard deployment, called Operation Copper Cactus, is to detect and deter suspected illegal entry between ports of entry along the international border. The Guard is functioning in a support capacity with the Border Patrol.
US Border Patrol officials made it clear that immigration law enforcement activities remain the responsibility of the Border Patrol
The National Guard does not have a law enforcement role in the apprehension or custodial care of undocumented aliens.
550 Arizona National Guard were authorized to the border mission, of which 532 are being deployed at the border, and 28 have been assigned to intelligence analysis.
At one of the National Guard observation posts just west of Nogales, National Guard Col. Jill Nelson, Commander of Operation Copper Cactus, went into detail about staging thedeployment of the National Guard at the border.
Here is an exclusive video of Col. Nelson’s description of what it takes to deploy National Guard to border duty:
One does not just snap their fingers and make hundreds of National Guard soldiers appear at the border.
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