National Guard troops — sent by President Trump to patrol the US-Mexico border — have helped bust more than 1,500 people attempting to enter the country illegally, according to a report.
While the apprehensions are a drop in the bucket compared to the numbers that Customs and Border Protection agents have churned out recently, officials told CNN that the soldiers have been a huge help since their deployment last month.
Describing them as a “force multiplier,” one source said the troops had also contributed to over 450 “turn backs” — meaning they caused individuals to turn around and abandon their attempt to cross.
They said the squad helped catch approximately 1,600 people in the three-and-a-half weeks they’ve been at the border. In comparison, there have been about 38,000 apprehensions each of the past two months, CNN reports.
While the National Guard troops are not performing any arrests, they are helping federal agents with a number of things involved in the border patrol process, such as monitoring surveillance systems and manning observation towers.
Those using equipment in control centers are reportedly barred from looking at the Mexico side, but soldiers in lookouts are allowed to when using binoculars.
The 775 troops were dispatched by President Trump last month as a way to deal with the “crisis at our southern border.” He said there purpose was to “help secure our border and protect our homeland.”
Credit: NY Post