Guardsmen to Leave Border in June As Planned

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POSTED: Friday, March 18, 2011 - 10:41am

UPDATED: Friday, March 18, 2011 - 6:42pm

Border Patrol spokesman said they've been "great help"

EL PASO - More than 1,000 National Guardsmen deployed to the U.S./Mexico border since August are set to leave come June as planned according to a U.S. Border Patrol spokesman for the El Paso sector.

Sent to help guard against border violence, illegal border crossings and drug shipments, 1,200 troops will leave the U.S. Border Patrol to handle these incidents on their own, once again.

Of the 1,200 guardsmen, 250 were sent to Texas, and 72 to New Mexico.

"They've been a great help," said Doug Mosier, a spokesman for the El Paso sector of the U.S. Border Patrol.

While he credits them for their work, Mosier says there are no fears that the El Paso sector will be understaffed or unprepared to handle the job alone.

"We're not worried about that. We have an adequate amount of manpower and technology for the area that we cover, but it's always good to have a little more," said Mosier.

Rumors are circulating that the U.S. Congress is discussing the possibility of extending their stay past June.

Local 4 News called Congressman Silvestre Reyes' spokesman, Vincent Perez, to confirm these rumors.

He tells us he is now trying to confirm that information with Reyes, who is out of town, or his staff.

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