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Statement on National Guard extension along Southwest border

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U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar
June 20, 2011, 10:17am
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Washington, D.C. -- “This morning, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates signed an order extending the temporary deployment of National Guard personnel along the Southwest border through September 30, 2011. Since their arrival at the end of last summer, thousands of National Guard Soldiers and Airmen have served alongside U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers and agents to thwart violence associated with Mexican drug cartels. Their efforts and assistance to CBP have not only yielded the seizure of more than 14,000 pounds of drugs, but they have also strengthened the multi-layered approach to combat the smuggling of persons, illegal narcotics, and dangerous weapons along our border.

This announcement comes at a critical time. The United States has yet to experience spillover violence thanks in large part to an unparalleled increase in resources, including the National Guard personnel. We must not relinquish our commitment to keeping communities, especially those along the U.S.-Mexico border, safe. I welcome the extension of the National Guard troops as a necessary step in continued efforts to strengthen the security of our border to Mexico, and reduce drug-related violence and illegal activity.”


Congressman Henry Cuellar is a member of the U.S. House Homeland Security and Agriculture Committees. Job creation, accessibility to constituents, education, economic development, and national security are his priorities. Congressman Cuellar is also a Vice Chairman of the Steering and Policy Committee, Senior Whip, and member of the Blue Dog Coalition.

Your Opinions and Comments

Senior Citizen  
Wilson County  
June 26, 2011 10:15pm
Old A.D., Uh, my housekeeper is Anglo and the gardener is a U.S. Citizen. And I'm not rich, except in spirit, thank you very much.

Wilson County  
June 26, 2011 6:11pm
"The United States has yet to experience spillover violence...." Tell that to the families of HPD Officers Rodney Johnson, Henry Canales, and Kevin Will, all three dead at the hands of illegals. Or, the 14 year old... More ›

old as dirt  
Wilson Co.  
June 26, 2011 11:07am
Senior C, What would the rich Republicans do for house keepers and yard men if we stopped the border crossings by illegals?

Senior Citizen  
Wilson County  
June 25, 2011 5:25pm
Old as Dirt, Take down the Help Wanted sign and quit extending unemployment for two years. You will find Americans who WILL work! The way it is now, they make more by collecting unemployment so why should they take low-paying... More ›

old as dirt  
Wilson Co.  
June 25, 2011 1:12pm
We have two signs posted a may places along our border with Mexico. One says STAY OUT and the other one says HELP WANTED. Until we get rid of one of those signs, we can never enforce immigration laws.

The Marcelina Muse  
Dry Tank, TX  
June 22, 2011 12:30pm
Dear Hank, does this mean you are in favor of enforcing current immigration laws? Does this mean you are against amnesty for those in the United States illegally? Are you against the goals of La Raza? Personally I think your... More ›

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