It’s not the fault of the National Guard, of course, but the boobs at the White House and the executive offices at DHS
The 1,200 National Guard troops that are being deployed incrementally to the southwest border “will not be doing direct law enforcement,” said U.S. National Guard Bureau Director of Communications Jack Harrison when asked if the forces would be interdicting drugs and undocumented immigrants.
“The two mission sets are criminal analysts and enter-identification team,” Harrison told CNSNews.com. “I can tell you that guardsmen will not be doing direct law enforcement on the southwest border.”
In other words, the National Guardsmen will not be used to actually stop and detain illegal aliens trying to sneak across the border into the United States.
Of course, I still maintain that the best way to stop most illegal immigration is to place whopping fines and penalties on the companies and people who employ illegals, then implement a system for temporary/migrants workers where the company is responsible for their visas, healthcare, and housing. Reduce the number of illegals simply coming for work and a better life, and border agents and other law enforcement can concentrate on stopping the drug traffickers, murderers, and other really bad ones, not too mention keeping others from overstaying their visas.
That said, we still need to secure the border, and Washington, both during Bush’s years and now in Obama’s, keeps finding ways to never really accomplish the mission.