Texas National Guard Deploying To Border Within 72 Hours; DOJ Enacts "Zero Tolerance" Policy

Arizona and Texas will be sending 400 National Guard members to the southern border in response to President Donald Trump's Wednesday Executive Order directing the troops to "assist the border patrol" in guarding the nation's existing border fence - and of course the many miles of completely unprotected crossing zones. 

The troops will be armed for self defense "depending on the mission set," according to Brig. Gen. Tracy Norris, commander of the Texas Army National Guard, who added that it was "premature right now to know what the cost will be" of the overall operation.

Tonight there are National Guard troops moving in support of the border security mission,” said chief Pentagon spokesperson Dana White, who added ""The National Guard's efforts will include aviation, engineering, surveillance, communications, vehicle maintenance and logistical support."

The deployment will be a joint effort between Trump's federal imitative and state-level management under what's known as Title 32. Governors will retain control of the National Guard troops, however the federal government will finance the patrols. 

150 Arizona Guard members from will deploy next week, while the Texas National Guard confirmed a deployment of 250 troops over the next 72 hours as an "initial surge" which began shortly after 7 p.m. Friday at the Armed Forces Reserve Center in Austin, according to a Guard spokesman. 

Brig. Gen. Tracy Norris, commander of the Texas Army National Guard, said the deployment would begin meeting “the priorities of the governor and the president in securing our border.” In addition to troops, the Guard said it would send ground surveillance vehicles and light and medium aircraft. -New York Times

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey confirmed his state's deployment over Twitter.

The initial wave of troops falls short of the 2,000 to 4,000 members of the National Guard that Trump told the media he wanted to send - however Defense Secretary James Mattis signed orders on Friday authorizing funding for an additional 4,000 National Guard troops until Sept. 30, who would remain under the "command and control of their respective governors."

Trump's deployment was welcome news to Texas Republican leaders, who have been outspoken in their condemnation of cartel-related crime, including drugs, violence and human smuggling. Many Texas legislators had pushed to deploy the National Guard to the border years ago. Texas in fact already has approximately 100 troops at the border as part of a state-level border security operation which began four years ago under then-governor Rick Perry in order to "help combat the brutal Mexican drug cartels that are preying upon our communities," said Perry. 

The 100 National Guard troops who have been at the border play a supporting role to state and federal law enforcement, acting, as state officials describe it, as a “force multiplier.”

We stand ready to support the needs of the state and the nation at the request of the governor or the president,” Lt. Col. Travis Walters, a spokesman for the Texas Military Department, the agency that oversees the state’s National Guard branches, said in a statement. -NYT

This isn't the first time in recent history that the National Guard has been deployed to the border. 

In 2006 the Bush administration deployed 6,000 Guardsmen as part of the border support mission known as Operation Jump Start.

President Barack Obama deployed 1,200 guardsmen in 2010 as part of a similar mission called Operation Phalanx. -ABC

Zero Tolerance

Meanwhile, the DOJ announced on Friday the implementation of a "zero-tolerance" policy when it comes to prosecuting those trying to cross into the United States illegally. 

“The situation at our Southwest Border is unacceptable,” said Attorney General Jeff Sessions in a statement. “Congress has failed to pass effective legislation that serves the national interest -- that closes dangerous loopholes and fully funds a wall along our southern border."

“As a result, a crisis has erupted at our Southwest Border that necessitates an escalated effort to prosecute those who choose to illegally cross our border,” added Sessions.

The National Guard deployments follow a tense week in border security, as a giant caravan of over 1,500 Central Americans began to make its way to the U.S. border in hopes of seeking asylum. While the caravan is now "mostly" defunct, Trump said earlier this week that the National Guard would remain at the border until the wall is funded and built

To that end - as Iowa Republican Rep. Steve King explained last September - "if we don't build a wall," whatever border security measures Trump employs, no matter how effective, can all be undone by the next president

Comments

ThinkerNotEmoter DillyDilly Sat, 04/07/2018 - 10:27 Permalink

Hillary(!) would have done this....

"Arrrghhhh... trumptards... blah, blah, blah... uggghhhh... orange jesus... blah, blah, blah... arrRRRGGgggHHHhhh..."

Awesome.  Next step: All able body people have to actually work for a living instead of having the gubmint point guns at the producers, taking what they earn to give it to preferred, lazy, voters.  There will be plenty of good carpenter, laborer, brick layer, etc, jobs if the ILLEGALS can't do them.  The ILLEGALS don't have incredibly cheap rates either.

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King of Ruperts Land max2205 Sat, 04/07/2018 - 11:58 Permalink

WTF? All our trillions go to unaccountable deep state traitor operations and when our duly elected President directs defense of our border our cock sucking Media Military Treason Complex is all "Oh, you can't divert funds from our readiness to support global Satanism mission" I say, pull out the long knives and slit their throats. Every last Mother Fucking one of them up and down the deep state chain of command and all their puppet operatives and mainstream media traitorous cock breath mouthpieces.

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Indo_Expat King of Ruperts Land Sat, 04/07/2018 - 20:23 Permalink

Right on the money. How hard would it be to snipe their asses during hurricane or riot coverage when all the cops are otherwise occupied with rescue operations and stomping dindu looters.

Make them fear American patriots and their anti-Trump propaganda would cease in a heartbeat. One thing CNN fake new IS correct in stating: "It's only a matter of time."

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Endgame Napoleon beepbop Sat, 04/07/2018 - 14:03 Permalink

These are not immigrants. They are illegal aliens. Immigrants come legally and then, after other legal steps, become naturalized citizens. I do not think legal immigrants want to be confused with illegal aliens, and before this situation got out of hand, they were not. Too much unfettered immigration—even unreasonable amounts of illegal immigration that is aided by welfare—causes resentments that are bad for legal immigrants and naturalized citizens, not just from the standpoint of too much welfare-buttressed competition for jobs, which is bad for all of us. 

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delmar Jackson Four Star Sat, 04/07/2018 - 14:04 Permalink

That immigration map is bogus on one level. It fails to show how many immigrants generations ago who could or would not assimilate and returned home. As many as 70% of Italians between the 1880s and 1920s returned home. Assimilation is hard. That is why the globalists do not push assimilation, they only push open borders and white genocide of white western countries.

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swmnguy DownWithYogaPants Sat, 04/07/2018 - 12:45 Permalink

This whole thing is so much bullshit.  The Coast Guard interdicts a lot more drugs than the Border Patrol, but we're cutting funding for the Coast Guard.  We're obviously not serious about illegal immigration or we'd be putting those who employ illegals in prison and we're not doing that, either.  And if we were really serious about it, we wouldn't overthrow every government in Central America that tries to make life bearable for its citizens.  I don't see Trump talking about undoing Hillary and Kerry's coup in Honduras, which has unleashed yet another bloodbath and yet another exodus of refugees.  And if we were serious, we'd stop using the prison industrial complex to keep drug trafficking profitable, enticing, and a reliable source of funding for the CIA.

What's really discouraging is how eager we all seem to keep getting pandering lip service.  Say something mean about poor people who aren't white and don't speak English and we'll forgive the real issues at play here.

I don't support an open border, particularly.  I work in foreign countries sometimes and I have to follow their rules; get a visa, show up when I'm supposed to, most importantly to them, leave when I'm supposed to.  I can't just move in and set up shop.  I don't think people should be able to do that here, either.  But then, things don't happen for no reason.  We can't keep everything the way it's been, except not let people in.  They've been coming here for reasons.  We've been letting them in for reasons.  We have to address those reasons or nothing we do is going to make sense or work.

I'm really sick of being manipulated and herded, and that's all that's happening here, yet again.  We could put the whole US military on the Mexican border and nothing would be solved, if we don't address the causes of this issue in the first place.  And this Administration shows no signs of dealing with the real causes, any more than any of its predecessors. 

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Ace006 swmnguy Sat, 04/07/2018 - 13:43 Permalink

Excellent comment. 

I do think that "prison industrial complex" is a term with no known meaning.  I've seen nothing that shows differences in prosecutions or convictions that point to a corrupt deviation from criminal justice basics to increase incarceration rates and contractor profits.  No one has shown judicial or administrative corruption related to the use of private prisons.  If some has been found, I see no reason to think that it's corruption that can't be found in all other areas of government. 

Nor have I see evidence that contractor-run prisons are less efficient or otherwise a bad deal for the community.  I don't even know how many contractor operations there are in existence.  Crossing out "military" and substituting "prison" does not guarantee conceptual clarity.

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gdpetti swmnguy Sat, 04/07/2018 - 13:48 Permalink

You won't have to wait too much longer... game ends within a decade. That said, you are right, it's mostly all BS. National Guard? There are plenty of full time troops sitting around doing nothing, why not use them and not pay extra for the part timers? Is this to pump the BLS employment numbers?

Trumpy doesn't know $hit about foreign affairs/politics etc... he's only learned from his teachers like Cohn, to play the media game, payoff some politicians etc... perfect for getting elected, but  not for running a govt or changing its course. He's the one hiring the people he keeps firing... like he's still on some fake reality tv show.... which is about correct for our puppet show in DC.... the OWO, which the NWO puppet masters don't need anymore... so they are using Trumpy to help out it... take it down... so they can build their new one on its ashes... but time is running out.... as Mother Nature approaches.

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Big Whoop swmnguy Sat, 04/07/2018 - 17:31 Permalink

Solving the underlying problems is essential. But right now putting force along the border does work. I'm not talking about a few hundred national guard, but real comprehensive force - and you can save a ton of money by building a wall. Look at the border between the Koreas. There's hardly any illegal movement across that border. South Korea has mandatory two years of service (and now North Korea has mandatory service). And what do those troops do? Besides training, they man the border. They're not deployed all over the world in number, and they're not engaged in seven or more wars at once.

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gearjammers1 Moving and Grooving Sat, 04/07/2018 - 12:01 Permalink

Nancy Pelosi: (USA) Border Wall Is 'Immoral, Expensive, Unwise' - https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/congress/nancy-pelosi-border-wall-immo…

 

 

 

Pelosi and Adam Schiff in Israel - http://mondoweiss.net/2018/04/excellent-netanyahu-snipers/

 

"Pelosi praised Israel to the skies ahead of the recent trip:

“There is no greater political accomplishment in the 20th Century than the establishment of the State of Israel,” Pelosi said in a press release posted on her website. “Our delegation is pleased to be able to extend the congratulations of the American people to the people of Israel as we celebrate the 70th anniversary of Jewish state this spring.” "

 

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chubbar JimmyJones Sat, 04/07/2018 - 13:04 Permalink

Implement a "shoot and let rot" policy and get er done! A few weeks of rotting corpses piling up along the border will dissuade everyone eager to break our laws. Then we can start deportations with the confidence we are actually accomplishing something. We have at least 11 million illegals that need to be removed, we can't be screwing around with half measures.

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Ace006 chubbar Sat, 04/07/2018 - 13:51 Permalink

Agreed.  Existing practice is to vigorously maintain that our laws are optional for any and all and that NO American interest can be defended with deadly force.  Over a million "refugees" would not have BEGUN their journey to Europe if boats had been sent back to point of origin with a tank of gas and then, after 90 days, sunk.  We can contribute to the death of over 400,000 Syrian civilians.  That's ok.  But kill 100 motherfuckers thinking they can come to Western nations and run wild as criminals and terrorists and as welfare parasites as a lesson to others and thereby stop the whole exercise in its tracks?  No fucking way.  They have to be let in so they can kill hundreds of Westerners.

It's been 11 million illegals in the U.S. since the sinking of the Maine.  If the number isn't over 30 mill I'll eat my MAGA cap.

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Endgame Napoleon JimmyJones Sat, 04/07/2018 - 13:53 Permalink

MAGA.

Now, President Trump is starting to go Full Deplorable, leaving the whining RINOs behind. This is what we elected Trump to do.

We also need a non-retroactive end to birthright citizenship, which would reduce welfare-incentivized wage depression caused by illegal aliens (and others), getting monthly welfare and refundable EITC child tax credits up to $6,431 for US-born kids when they work part time, staying below the earned-income limit for welfare.  

We likewise need a reduction in new legal immigration, taking it down to 250,000 legal immigrants per year, ideally, but 500,000 would be a significant improvement over the current 1 million legal immigrants per year, many of whom qualify for womb-productivity-based welfare, at a time when the US has 50 million working-aged citizens out of the workforce, and half of our employed-in-name-only population works for on-average $13k.

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