Congresswoman Martha McSally

Representing the 2nd District of Arizona

McSally Chairs Hearing About the Deployment of National Guard to Secure the Border

July 24, 2018
Press Release
U.S. Border Patrol, Texas National Guard, and Arizona National Guard Officials Testify

Washington, D.C. – Today, U.S. Representative Martha McSally, the Chairwoman of the Homeland Security Subcommittee on Border and Maritime Security, held a hearing regarding the deployment of National Guard personnel to the southern border. Members of the subcommittee heard testimony about what is being done to enhance U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) operations, the specific duties National Guard troops are conducting at the border, and the coordination efforts between the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Department of Defense (DoD).

“The National Guard is providing additional personnel at the Southern border which has made it easier for our Border Patrol Agents and CBP Officers to combat the flow of illicit goods into the United States. Their support has directly contributed to the apprehension of thousands of individuals illegally crossing the border and the seizure of thousands of pounds of illegal drugs,” said Congresswoman McSally. “At the same time, Operation Guardian Support has provided Guard members with valuable experience, and hands on training, that has prepared them for further service to our nation. I applaud Governor Ducey and the Arizona National Guardsmen and women who are deployed to the southern border and I will continue to make sure they have the resources they need to further carry out this mission. Border security is national security.”

Click HERE or below to watch Congresswoman McSally’s opening statement.

Click HERE or below to watch Tucson Sector Border Patrol Chief Rodolfo Karisch discuss how the National Guard provides much-needed help to Customs and Border Patrol Agents at the Southern Border.



Click HERE or below to watch Major General Michael T. McGuire of the Arizona National Guard discuss the vital training guardsmen and women are receiving at the border.