Despite Democrat claims that Trump’s decision to deploy the National Guard to the border in 2018 was simply a political one with no real effect, a report recently released revealed that in actuality, the measure was quite effective.
That is, if you consider over 23,000 arrests and 35,000 pounds of drugs seized “effective”!
It also proves one other thing: there most definitely is an emergency on the southern border!
I’m not sure how you could consider these statistics to be anything else.
And in fact, those aren’t even full year numbers. The National Guard was only deployed for the second half of 2018, so those are really only six month numbers.
The Washington Examiner had the following to say on the story:
National Guard troops helped with the arrest of 23,034 illegal immigrants and the seizure of more than 35,000 pounds of drugs in the roughly six months they were deployed to the border in fiscal 2018, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
The more than 23,000 people arrested were “deportable” noncitizens, DHS said. The operation, dubbed “Guardian Support,” also led federal law enforcement to more than 6,100 people who were later turned back, the data said.
Because guardsmen are military personnel and not law enforcement officers, they cannot apprehend people. CBP officers and Border Patrol agents apprehended thousands as a result of guardsmen who were monitoring cameras, flying helicopters, and piloting planes.
The Whie House itself confirmed these numbers in the following Tweet:
Despite the results, Democrats are ignoring the statistics and still refuse to give their support.
The Western Journal gives more details:
According to Pew Research, there were almost 467,000 apprehensions at the southern border in 2018. Roughly 5 percent of apprehensions, in other words, had something to do with the National Guard.
That points to a fairly effective record. So, why are certain governors withdrawing their National Guard troops from the border?
California Gov. Gavin Newsom announced that he would be withdrawing the Guard from the border with Mexico, calling “the border ‘emergency’” a “manufactured crisis.”
“California will not be part of this political theater, which is why I have given the National Guard a new mission. They will refocus on the real threats facing our state,” Newsom’s prepared remarks for his State of the State speech in February read, according to Fortune.
This was days after New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham, citing a “charade of border fear-mongering,” also ordered most of the National Guardsmen to withdraw.
Yet, the deployment of the Guard to the border during this “manufactured crisis” managed to apprehend more than 23,000 illegal immigrants in a year that saw the most apprehensions at the border since 2012 and an explosion in the number of family units apprehended.
Watch clueless California Governer Newsom ignore the facts in favor of politics (strange...isn't that what Democrats accused Trump of doing?) and give his statement on why he withdrew the National Guard from his state's border here: