Obama administration switches border security strategy before election year


Texas on the Potomac
Chron.com
December 20, 2011

The Obama administration is cutting the 1,200 National Guard troops along the southwest border for the past 18 months to just 300 troops.

It’s part of a Pentagon shift from boots on the ground to “air mobility support” for armed US Border Patrol agents.

The Pentagon and the Department of Homeland Security announced the change in course today.

The transition begins in January from two-man National Guard surveillance teams backing up Border Patrol agents on the ground to airborne surveillance and helicopter-borne movements of federal law enforcement to cover a wider area with fewer personnel.

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