National Guardsmen Deployed to U.S.-Mexico Border
POSTED: Friday, December 9, 2011 - 6:45pm
UPDATED: Saturday, December 10, 2011 - 2:54pm
This U.S. Border Patrol agent is just one of thousands that work around the clock to make sure that the violence in Mexico doesn't spill over into the United States.
"Especially here in Ciudad Juarez there is a high level of violence, but again with having a lot of personnel here on the border we are keeping a lot of that violence from spilling over into the United States," Hayes said.
From Afghanistan to the borderland, National Guardsmen like Ernie Nevarez are working with the U.S. Border Patrol to keep Americans safe.
"We do a lot of observe and report, observe and report that's our strict role right there observe and report allowing the Border Patrol to have more boots on ground and allow them to be the arresting factor," Nevarez said.
Border Patrol agent Scott Hayes says the National Guard is freeing agents to get more boots on the ground.
"We are being more effective at both catching people that are making illegal entries into the United States and also as far as seizing narcotics that may be coming into the United States," Hayes said.
The National Guardsmen typically work in surveillance, adding more eyes and ears watching over our border.
"They are not here to make arrests, they are not here really as a law enforcement entity, so as far as them wielding guns, that's not their purpose here. It's not really militarizing the border," Hayes said.
Nevarez says he's honored to work with the Border Patrol and takes pride in protecting our land, while working on U.S. soil.
"In any mission that's given to us our role is going to be very very important regardless of the area, especially here at home that allows our family to sleep safe at night," Nevarez said.
The guard's deployment was extended until the end of the year.
At this point, it's unknown if the President will continue the mission next year.