13 Apr '18, 11am

National Guard Will Add Aerial Surveillance at Mexico Border

National Guard Will Add Aerial Surveillance at Mexico Border

WASHINGTON -- A primary role of the National Guard posted to the Mexico border will be to provide added aerial surveillance, the commissioner of Customs and Border Protection told Congress on Thursday. Speaking at a hearing of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Homeland Security, Kevin McAleenan said that the Guard can provide assets that are in short supply in his law enforcement agency. "What the National Guard is going to do is bring significant aviation assets that can close our gap for that surveillance piece at the immediate border," McAleenan said. "It is supportive but it also tells us what's crossing so we can interdict." The three-hour hearing focused mostly on the budget and assets needed for border security, but a few of the Congressmen did take the opportunity to stress their positions about the use of military forces at the border. Rep. Nita Lowey of Ne...

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