U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) released the following statement regarding the Trump Administration’s announcement that he will authorize Governors to deploy the National Guard to help support law enforcement along the southern border of the United States:
“Utilizing the men and women of the National Guard in a supportive role, as President Obama authorized in 2010, is a commonsense way to temporarily assist law enforcement along the border. It’s critical that the Administration continue to work in close consultation with state and community leaders to ensure the border region can remain safe and prosperous.”
In 2010, President Obama ordered the deployment of 1,200 National Guard troops to the U.S.-Mexico border as a part of Operation Phalanx, a response to increased violence in the region from Mexican drug cartels and illegal crossings.
Senator Cornyn has introduced the Building America’s Trust Act, border security legislation to increase law enforcement resources at our borders, boost trade through ports of entry, and strengthen enforcement of existing laws. The legislation provides both the resources and the plan needed to ensure our law enforcement combating the flow of illegal immigration and goods have the tools they need to secure our border.
Senator John Cornyn, a Republican from Texas, is a member of the Senate Finance, Intelligence, and Judiciary Committees.