Ground Troops Replaced By Aircraft On US Border | Aero-News Network
Aero-News Network
RSS icon RSS feed
podcast icon MP3 podcast
Subscribe Aero-News e-mail Newsletter Subscribe

Airborne Unlimited -- Recent Daily Episodes

Episode Date

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Airborne On ANN

Airborne 02.08.16

Airborne 02.09.16

Airborne 02.10.16

Airborne 02.11.16

Airborne 02.12.16

Airborne Hi-Def On YouTube

Airborne 02.08.16

Airborne 02.09.16

Airborne 02.10.16

Airborne 02.11.16

Airborne 02.12.16

Mon, Dec 26, 2011

Ground Troops Replaced By Aircraft On US Border

Republicans Decry Cuts, But Aircraft Can Cover More Ground

National Guard troops deployed to patrol the southwestern US border with Mexico will see their numbers cut in January from the current 1,200 to about 300. Replacing them will be military planes and helicopters, according to the Arizona Republic.

The Pentagon reported announced the cost-saving strategy Tuesday, but President Obama is already under attack from Republicans for what they say is an inadequate presence to support the mission of the Border Patrol. The National Guard ground troops have been on duty there since June of 2010.

Representative Ben Quayle, an Arizona Republican, is the vice chairman of the House's border-security subcommittee. He credits a recent drop in illegal border crossings to a weak US economy, not major advancements in border security, as he says the administration has claimed. Arrests of illegal immigrants entering the US through Arizona reached a 17-year low in fiscal 2011, the year ending September 30th.

Going forward, National Guard helicopters and planes will augment the Border Patrol's current fleet of manned and unmanned aircraft. If spotters detect illegal activity, it will be reported to the Border Patrol.

Michael Lytle, a border expert at the University of Texas at Brownsville, says the shift in policy makes sense. "Intuitively, (aircraft) can get out in remote areas and cover a lot of areas. That is the upside of this. And if it does save us money, so much the better. And lastly, it shows the administration is still making the commitment to support these operations."

FMI: www.cbp.gov

Advertisement

More News

Airborne 02.12.16: NEW Mooney!, Not-So-Good GAMA Stats, DA40 Upgrades

Also: A350-1000 Final Assembly, Barnstorming: ATC Privatization, Lithium Issue, Boeing Cuts, Tillamook C-27, Sywell Aerodrome, Massive Airship Mooney International Corporation unve>[...]

Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (02.14.16)

Aero-News Quote of the Day “Business travel to and within Europe continues to show its resiliency. The fact is that we’ve reached a new normal in managing risk, and bus>[...]

ANN's Daily Aero-Term (02.14.16): Braking Action Advisories

Braking Action Advisories When tower controllers have received runway braking action reports which include the terms “fair,” “poor,” or “nil,” o>[...]

ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (02.14.16)

Aero Linx: Army Aviation Association of America AAAA stands for Army Aviation Association of America. The mission of the AAAA is to support the United States Army Aviation Soldier >[...]

Business Travel 'Largely Unaffected' By Attacks In Paris

GBTA Polls Show Increased Business Travel Resiliency Following Terrorist Attacks More than 90 percent of U.S. and European business travel buyers now report that their company&rsqu>[...]

blog comments powered by Disqus



Advertisement

Advertisement

Podcasts

Advertisement

© 2007 - 2016 Web Development & Design by Pauli Systems, LC