The decision to station the National Guard at the southern border resulted in over 10,000 arrests of illegal aliens.
In addition, the presence of the National Guard led to thousands of illegals not entering the U.S.
The Washington Examiner reports:
The National Guard’s deployment to the southwest border in mid-April has led to 10,805 “deportable alien arrests” of people who illegally entered the United States from Mexico, a U.S. Customs and Border Protection spokeswoman said Monday.
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The National Guard’s presence also helped lead to the interception of more than 3,300 others who were turned back before they crossed into the U.S., CBP press secretary Corry Schiermeyer said in an email to the Washington Examiner. The Guard’s deployment has also led to an additional 11,686 pounds of marijuana being seized as a result of their work.
The U.S. Customs and Border Protection also arrested two MS-13 gang members trying to illegally enter the U.S.:
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ABC News reported on the arrest of one of the MS-13 gang members:
Early Sunday morning, Border Patrol agents working at the Texas Highway 62/180 checkpoint in between El Paso and Carlsbad began tracking a group of nine subjects attempting to walk around the checkpoint.
Border Patrol agents caught up to the group after about four hours of trailing them through the desert. The people in the group allegedly admitted to entering the U.S. illegally and were taken into custody.
Information from a database identified one of the men in the group as 25-year-old William Amaya-Ortiz, an active member of the Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13) gang, federal officials said.
Officials said Amaya-Ortiz had extensive criminal history in Denver, Colorado and the Dallas-Fort Worth area.
The threat posed by illegal aliens is real and needs to be addressed by strengthening border security and construction of the border wall between the U.S. and Mexico.