Sending National Guard to the Mexican Border Does Not Make Sense

by Lee Maril

President Trump’s recent decision to send the National Guard to the Mexican borderlands does not make good sense.  The National Guard are trained soldiers, but have little training in guarding an international border, speaking Spanish, immigration law, and all the other skills that CBP agents possess.  Furthermore, the cost of sending the National Guard needs to be closely monitored.  Border security would improve if we decreased the time it takes to hire our CBP agents rather than send soldiers to the Mexican border.

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