Details, Details, Details ... Posted by: McQ
on Monday, May 22, 2006
A few are coming out concerning the deploying of National Guard troops to help on the border. As you recall, President Bush talked about that in his address to the nation. The purpose was to release more Border Patrol personnel to work in the field. Robert Novak is reporting the reality is that deploying 6,000 NG does not translate into releasing 6,000 BP, at least not initially:
The problem with that approach, however, is that President Bush's efforts to take control of the border have been unconvincing. Sources in the Department of Homeland Security say that his summoning of 6,000 National Guard troops, who cannot arrest anybody or discharge firearms, will release only 500 Border Patrol guards for actual duty on the border.
Now before we all get excited and start throwing around "Bush lied, Bush lied", recall he said the program would take a year to get the additional 6,000 BP on the border. The reason I point this out is it is something to be monitored closely to ensure those promised 6,000 additional agents don't become vapor over the next 12 months.