Thousands of troops would be sent to states bordering Mexico to deal with the large influx of undocumented immigrants, under legislation introduced Rep. Dave Schweikert.
The Arizona Republican's bill calls for at least 10,000 members of the National Guard to be deployed at the request of any governor of a state that shares a border with Mexico. Guardsmen and women would serve as support for the U.S. Customs and Border Protection operations, and remain in place until we have control of southern border is imposed, Schweikert said in a statement.
"The drastic increase of Unaccompanied Alien Children (UAC) being apprehended and detained by federal agents along our southwestern border is causing resources to be diverted away from other Department of Homeland Security (DHS) missions," said Schweikert. "This diversion is stretching the Customs and Border Protection (CBP) thin and causing a troubling impact on our national security. That is unacceptable."
"The Southwest Border Protection Act of 2014 would assist in refocusing our border security programs and secure DHS and CBP's focus on illegal smuggling of drugs, individuals, and other transnational criminal activities, said Schweikert."
According to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency, more than 47,000 unaccompanied children have crossed the border into the U.S. in the past fiscal year, a number that could double in the coming months. The vast majority of these kids are coming from the troubled Central American countries of Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala.