National Guard deployment along southwestern border should be extended, analysts say.

As the scheduled deployment of the National Guard along the…

As the scheduled deployment of the National Guard along the United States’ Southwestern border comes to a close, the campaign has been a success and should be extended, analysts told FoxNews.com.
“I think it has been [effective],” said Lawrence Korb, a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress and a former assistant secretary of defense. “It provides extra numbers down there; I think it’s a very smart move. If you take a look at threats to national security these days, obviously what is happening in Mexico is very critical to our long-term security.”

President Obama sent 1,200 National Guard troops to Southwestern states last summer to bolster security and improve anti-immigration efforts along the 2,000-mile border, including 560 dispatched to Arizona. Since that time, Department of Homeland Security officials say those troops have assisted U.S. Customs and Border Protection authorities with the seizure of more than 14,000 pounds of drugs and the apprehension of more than 7,000 illegal aliens.

“Today, the Border Patrol is better staffed than at any time in its 86-year history,” Homeland Security spokesman Matthew Chandler wrote in an email to FoxNews.com.

Source: Joshua Rhett Miller for Fox News.

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