Maverick County Sheriff Tom Schmerber has been notified that the Texas National Guard will be arriving into Maverick County by next week.
The National Guard will be coming in under a technical support role with the United States Border Patrol.
“I met with representatives of the National Guard who have notified us that they will be sending over 100 Guardsmen and women next week. They did notify us that their role would be in a technical support to Border Patrol. They will not be patrolling the river and will be unarmed. They will be assisting border patrol with camera surveillance, mechanic work and other duties.” Said Schmerber
U.S. President Donald Trump called for the National Guard to be sent to the Southwest Border with Mexico after a surge of undocumented immigrants was recorded during the month of March 2018 as compared to 2017.
During the month of March CBP saw a 203% increase along the Southwest Border region compared to March 2017 going from 16,588 apprehensions in March 2017 to 50,308 in 2018. This is an increase of 33,720 more apprehensions.
Year to date overall apprehensions in 2018 have decreased as compared to 2017.
In the past weeks the U.S President has called to send from 2,000 to 4,000 troops to the border
The Texas Army National Guard is composed of approximately 19,000 soldiers, and maintains 117 armories in 102 communities.
Their duties include disaster relief, emergency preparedness, security assistance to state law enforcement agencies and some aspects of border security.