Opinion: Sending National Guard to the border will help curb illegal immigration

(Sinclair Broadcast Group)

EDITOR'S NOTE: Boris Epshteyn formerly served as a Senior Advisor to the Trump Campaign and served in the White House as Special Assistant to The President and Assistant Communications Director for Surrogate Operations.

WASHINGTON (Sinclair Broadcast Group) - The National Guard is heading down to the southern border.

The goal? To help stop the flow of drugs, gang activity and, yes, illegal immigration across the border with Mexico.

The Trump administration has said that, for now, the National Guard will play a similar role to previous deployments by President George W. Bush and President Obama - no direct law enforcement.

But even if the National Guard can’t do that, their presence could be a huge help.

That’s because the National Guard would take on administrative and other duties, such as building fences and conducting surveillance. Those tasks are usually handled by U.S. Customs and Border Protection, the CBP. This will free up the CBP to do more in enforcing our immigration laws and stopping illegal activity at the border.

Big picture, this is not a full-scale solution to illegal immigration. A major step to preventing illegal immigrants from remaining in the United States is for Congress to pass laws which make sure that those who do come here illegally can be sent back quickly and efficiently. Under the laws we have now, many illegal immigrants who claim “credible fear” or family dependency are released into the U.S. They thereby achieve their goal of staying in this country.

Here is the bottom line: the National Guard should help stem the rise of illegal activity at the border. They have been effective in the past, especially in using the Air National Guard for surveillance. But for real progress to be made we need Congress to strengthen our illegal immigration laws and provide full funding for the border wall.

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