Our Southern Border, and the men and women who protect it
Have another great video from the NRA's Patriot Files, and an article that segues nicely with it. We'll start with the article from Washington Post which looks at National Guard Deployments to the border, and whether they were successful:
President Obama’s decision last year to send 1,200 National Guard troops to the U.S.-Mexico border may have been smart politics, but a growing number of skeptics say the deployment is an expensive and inefficient mission that has made little difference in homeland security.
Critics of the deployment include budget hawks, who say it is a waste of money, and residents here along the border, who say they are tired of seeing armed troops in their back yard.
Most of the criticism of the deployment focuses on its costs and benefits. The 1,200 National Guard troops have helped Border Patrol agents apprehend 25,514 illegal immigrants at a cost of $160 million — or $6,271 for each person caught.
“As a mayor, I am not going to say we don’t want more security. But as a taxpayer? I would say something different,” said John David Franz, mayor of Hidalgo, in Texas’s Rio Grande Valley.
Proponents of the mission stress that the guardsmen serve as a deterrent to drug smugglers and illegal immigrants — a role that is impossible to measure in dollars.
Naturally it would be tough to do a cost benefit analysis on this because some of the benefits of the patrols can't be measured, that certainly makes sense. None the less, that pricetag is a bit scary. I still prefer some border patrol, and increased attempts to dissuade folks from coming here, but alas the courts have almost universally struck down all efforts to remove the social net that lures people here. But, there is no accounting for the bravery of the folks who work there, as is made clear in this video: