15 Apr '18, 2pm

National Guard Gearing Up for Support Along Southern Border

EL PASO -- The U.S. Border Patrol has begun working with National Guard advance teams to identify exactly how to use troops from New Mexico and Texas along this stretch of border. "We're going to schedule training with the Guard personnel that will be working with us, helping them operate our system, our surveillance, our cameras, radios, sensors," said Aaron Hull, El Paso sector chief patrol agent, during a news conference Friday. The El Paso Border Patrol sector, which includes all of New Mexico, will get 250 New Mexico National Guard troops. Gov. Susana Martinez's office said the first 80 soldiers will arrive this week. They will help with aerial support, surveillance on the ground, road and vehicle maintenance as well as other duties. Hull said soldiers will be "vetted," which includes background checks, and get additional training before joining Border Patrol agents i...

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