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National Guard members will assist DHS/CBP/ICE by engaging in counter-narcotic missions on the Southwest border

  • National Guard members will support the Department of Homeland Security's CBP and ICE in their border security missions on the Southwest border
  • Up to 1,200 National Guardsmen from four states (CA, AZ, NM, TX) will provide criminal investigative analysts and Entry Identification Teams in support of Customs and Border Protection along the Southwest Border for up to one year
  • Deploying additional National Guard forces as part of the President's strategic and integrated approach is the fastest way to effectively enhance ongoing border security operations
  • More than 300 National Guard personnel are already participating in counternarcotics operations along the Southwest border
  • The National Guard successfully supported the border security mission during Operation Jump Start from 2006-2008
  • Deploying the National Guard is part of a multi-layered effort to target illicit networks trafficking in people, drugs, illegal weapons, and money