Border Warfare or Political Gimmick: U.S. Troops Deployed to Mexican Border

Defense Secretary James N. Mattis on Friday night kept President Donald Trump’s word to the American people that Pentagon authorize up to 4,000 National Guard troops to deploy to the U.S. border with Mexico to support the U.S. Border Patrol’s security mission there.  
 

National Guard troops began deploying after the announcement of the much-heralded authorization by President Trump. In press statements, Mattis and Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen M. Nielsen said DHS worked closely with border-state governors and identified security vulnerabilities the National Guard could address.

“We appreciate the governors’ support and are dedicated to working with them to secure the national borders,” Mattis and Nielsen said.

Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen now operates in a “mine field” of anti-trump bureaucrats. Will she overcome the Deep State operators within her 20+ agencies?

DoD and DHS are committed to “using every lever of power to support the men and women of law enforcement defending our nation’s sovereignty and protecting the American people,” they said, adding that they will continue to work with the governors to deploy the necessary resources until the nation’s borders are secure.

However, many members of the major news organizations possess limited knowledge of past deployments, claims former police official and political strategist Harvey “Wallbanger” Collins. “In the past, deployments of troops at the [Mexican] border were at best great photo opportunities for the press, at worst additional targets for drug cartels, renegade Mexican cops or soldiers, and a temptation for terrorists to show their disrespect for U.S. sovereignty.

In a syndicated news story in 2007 (Armed Mexicans Attack Unarmed National Guard Troops on US Soil By Jim Kouri, Saturday, January 6, 2007), this writer noted that President George W. Bush had deployed U.S. military troops to the United States border with Mexico. Unfortunately, Bush and his national security team took this bows well before they merited the praise of their supporters and constituents.

The 2007 news story detailed exactly way the deployment was destined for failure based on the constraints imposed by politically-correct Democrats and some Republican such as Sens. John McCain and Lindsey Graham.

Conservative Base editor Jim Kouri wrote at the time:

In a story that should have rang alarm bells in every newsroom across the nation, armed Mexican entered the United States and attacked unarmed National Guard troops working at a border patrol post near the US-Mexican border. The troops had to retreat to safety.

Not surprisingly, the news story received scant coverage by the mainstream news media and hardly a mention on the Fox News Channel. It’s a story that should outrage all Americans including President George W. Bush.

Unfortunately, President Bush and his Administration did not even comment on this vicious attack on unarmed US troops as well as the unbridled assault on American sovereignty. During a press conference held on Friday afternoon by Secretary of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff, there was not one word about this unprovoked attack on soldiers.

According to syndicated columnist and journalist Sher Zieve, the attack was initiated by several Mexican nationals at about 1:00 AM (et) Thursday morning at one of the National Guard entrance identification team posts near Sasabe. The troops retreated to safety. According to KVOA TV News reports in Tucson, AZ, no shots were fired and no one suffered injuries.

The US Border Patrol is conducting an investigation into the attack. Investigators are attempting to determine who the armed men were, what they were doing and why they approached the post before returning to Mexico.

A Border Patrol agent, who requested anonymity, says that the well-armed intruders were drug traffickers who are fully aware US National Guard troops are prohibited from carrying any type of weapon and have been ordered not to confront lawbreakers coming across the border. The Guard troops are not allowed to apprehend illegal entrants, as well.

“Basically, the National Guard troops are doing what private groups such as the Minuteman Project have done at US borders — observe and report,” said a Homeland Security Department official.

What he failed to mention is that the Minutemen didn’t cost taxpayers millions of dollars to just stand at the border unarmed and act as the eyes and ears of the already stretched-thin Border patrol agents.

“We don’t know if this was a matter of somebody coming up accidentally on the individuals, coming up intentionally on the individuals, or some sort of a diversion,” Rob Daniels, spokesman for the Border Patrol’s Tucson Sector told KVOA News.

The west desert corridor has been the busiest in the Tucson Sector for marijuana seizures since last year. According to Immigration and Customs Enforcement, agents have seized 124,000 pounds of marijuana there since October 1, 2006.

With more Border Patrol agents and National Guard troops patrolling the Arizona section of the U.S.-Mexican border, it has become more difficult to smuggle drugs and people across may have caused drug and human smugglers to become more aggressive.

Since arriving in mid-June, the Guard has assisted the Border Patrol by manning control rooms, doing vehicle and helicopter maintenance, repairing roads and fences, constructing vehicle barriers and fences and spotting and reporting illegal entrants in entrance identification teams.

There are dozens of National Guard entrance identification teams along the Mexican border, including east and west of both Nogales and Sasabe and on the Tohono O’odham Nation. All of the teams are unarmed.

“This is one of the most expensive dog-and-pony shows dreamed up by the Washington establishment in recent history. Imagine using trained troops on the US border unarmed and prohibited from taking action. It’s a scam,” says Mike Baker, a political analyst.

Jim-Kouri

Jim Kouri, CPP, is founder and CEO of Kouri Associates, a homeland security, public safety and political consulting firm. He's formerly Fifth Vice-President, now a Board Member of the National Association of Chiefs of Police, a columnist, and a contributor to the nationally syndicated talk-radio program, the Chuck Wilder Show.. He's former chief of police at a New York City housing project in Washington Heights nicknamed "Crack City" by reporters covering the drug war in the 1980s. In addition, he served as director of public safety at St. Peter's University and director of security for several major organizations. He's also served on the National Drug Task Force and trained police and security officers throughout the country.

3 thoughts on “Border Warfare or Political Gimmick: U.S. Troops Deployed to Mexican Border

  • April 10, 2018 at 5:45 am
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    I think if the law that is on the books would be changed so the military could carry weapons that alone would scare the illegals from trying to sneak across the border. There have been border patrol agents that have been killed working on that dangerous border there is no reason what so ever that any member of the military should be left with no way to protect themselves. I doubt that President Trump knows any of this no matter what he tries to do about changing the law the left wing democrats would try to stop it.

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  • April 10, 2018 at 1:08 pm
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    Why send our troops to protect our border if they are not allowed to do anything ? Our guys are trained to win and to kill, not stand and watch and incoming invasion approaching them with orders to stand down. If ANY of the so called caravan of illegal aliens from several different nations are allowed into the USA our elected officials have just handed over the keys to America ! If this group of invaders is successful others will do the same in far greater numbers.

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