Many Americans were deeply troubled to see chaos envelop Afghanistan this summer as American troops were being withdrawn from the Central Asian country.
However, another troop withdrawal has taken place closer to home, and some say results could prove devastating.
The Washington Examiner reported on Sunday that most of the National Guard soldiers and state police officers who were sent to the border over the summer have since gone home.
Border Patrol agent: “We were already stretched thin”
“We used to have a National Guard posted there,” Border Patrol agent Chris Cabrera was quoted as saying as he traveled along a section of the border near Hidalgo, Texas. “There was another one right over here, but they took that guy, too.”
Cabrera, who also serves as vice president of the Border Patrol union’s Rio Grande Valley chapter, complained that the loss of support has had a real impact on how his fellow agents do their job.
“We were already stretched thin with their help and having them here relieved a lot of pressure on us,” he explained. “Now they took away manpower that we can’t really afford for them to take away.”
“They would monitor the mobile center, mobile tower trucks, camera trucks,” the federal law enforcement officer went on to say of the extra personnel.
“Nobody is bringing those out because they’re not there. These were static positions where we would put a vehicle and two guardsmen in there so if somebody ran across that area, they could call it out.”
Shots fired from Mexico
The Examiner noted that the assistance came following a call put out by Texas Gov. Greg Abbot in June after illegal border crossing reached a crisis level. Among those to answer were the governors of Florida, Iowa, Nebraska, Ohio, Arkansas, and South Dakota.
Yet 4 months later, the responding states now say that they can no longer afford to bear the cost associated with deploying forces outside their own borders.
Last Thursday, a Fox News camera crew recorded gunshots being fired into the U.S. from Mexico by suspected drug cartel members.
What’s more, Fox News correspondent Bill Melugin tweeted out images that were said to show armed cartel members taunting Texas National Guard troops.