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Smith to Administration: Keep National Guard on Border


Location: Washington, DC

The Obama administration today announced their decision to draw down the deployment of the National Guard along the Southwest border from 1,200 guardsmen to 300. House Judiciary Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-Texas) released the statement below criticizing the administration's decision.

Chairman Smith: "If the Obama administration's goal is border security, their actions undermine their objective. The administration's decision to draw down the National Guard troops along the U.S-Mexico border makes an already porous border worse. The Government Accountability Office has found that only 44 percent of the Southwest border is under the operational control of the Border Patrol. It doesn't make sense to take National Guard troops off the border when less than half of the border is secure. We should keep guardsmen on the ground until the Border Patrol can gain operational control of the majority of the U.S.-Mexico border.

"But if the Obama administration really wants to secure the border, they need to enforce all immigration laws, not just a select few. We could also turn off the jobs magnet that encourages illegal immigration by signing a federal E-Verify requirement into law. This web-based program quickly identifies illegal immigrants working here and protects jobs for American workers by checking the Social Security numbers of new hires."

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