California National Guard troops have arrived in the San Diego border area to provide non-enforcement support following President Trump’s request for their assistance.
The Border Patrol said 108 California National Guard personnel would be assigned as communications specialists, camera operators, vehicle mechanics, intelligence analysts, administration clerks, and range safety officers.
“National Guard units are a tremendous force multiplier and will assist the Border Patrol in providing valuable logistical and administrative support,” stated San Diego Sector Chief Rodney S. Scott. “This support will be an immediate, short-term measure that enables Border Patrol agents to return to the border, increasing national security.”
Trump requested the National Guard call-up as an annual refugee caravan with some 200 people from Central America approached Tijuana in April.
The National Guard personnel will report to Border Patrol stations throughout the San Diego sector, which is responsible for 60 miles of border, including the world’s busiest land crossing at San Ysidro, which handles 100,000 crossings a day.
>> Subscribe to Times of San Diego’s free daily email newsletter! Click hereFollow Us: