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What the National Guard can actually do at the border

When President Trump spoke at a news conference with the presidents of the Baltic nations Tuesday and said, “We are preparing for the military to secure our border between Mexico and the United States,” he set off a firestorm among his critics.  Former president of Mexico Vicente Fox presumed (at least for public consumption) that the measure was an expression of hatred and would cause a “conflict.”

Wednesday, Homeland Security’s Secretary Nielsen specified that the military involvement would be the National Guard, who are no strangers to deployments at the border.  The White House noted that the Guard is returning:

In 2012, President Barack Obama authorized the deployment of guardsmen to the border.  President George W. Bush also authorized deployment of 6,000 guardsmen to the border as a part of Operation Jump Start, assisting in operations which resulted in the arrest of more than 173,000 illegal aliens, the rescue of 100 persons, and the seizure of more than 300,000 pounds of drugs.

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