U.S. Representative Ed Royce

39th District of California
 

Royce Urges President to Maintain National Guard Troop Presence Along U.S.-Mexico Border

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Washington, December 19, 2011 | comments
In a letter to President Obama, Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA) joined his colleagues to urge the President to maintain the current National Guard troop presence along the U.S.-Mexico border.
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In a letter to President Obama, Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA) joined his colleagues to urge the President to maintain the current National Guard troop presence along the U.S.-Mexico border.

"The National Guard troops have been an effective force -- vital in securing our border and enhancing border infrastructure. Drug cartel violence continues to spill over the border affecting U.S. citizens and communities. These essential resources are still needed to help provide border security," Royce said.

National Guard troops were deployed in 2006 under Operation Jump Start in an effort to meet border security needs. The Obama Administration recently announced plans to reduce the number of National Guard troops deployed at the U.S.-Mexico border. Royce and his colleagues have urged President Obama to maintain the current National Guard troop presence.

Royce and his colleagues wrote to the President, "The drug cartels, which increasingly operate on both sides of our southern border, are growing bolder and more aggressive every day. These criminals show no hesitation in using violence to intimidate law enforcement in Mexico or the United States. Now is not the time to decrease our presence on our southern border."

Earlier this year, Rep. Royce traveled to the U.S.-Mexico border to see the challenges facing our Customs personnel and the Border Patrol. He learned first-hand what resources and tools are necessary to improve operational control of the border. Following his trip to New Mexico, Arizona and Texas, Royce introduced the Keeping the Pledge on Immigration Act, legislation that calls for establishing operational control of the border, encourages state and local law enforcement to assist with immigration laws, and strengthens visa security.

NOTE: A signed copy of the letter to President Obama can be found here.

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