Judd: 'When We Have the National Guard on the Border, the Cartels Take Notice'
Brandon Judd, president of the National Border Patrol Council, said President Trump's decision to deploy thousands of National Guard troops to the U.S.-Mexico border will be a "huge boon" in combating illegal immigration and drug trafficking.
Trump signed a proclamation last week sending the guard to the border. He said Thursday he wants most, if not all, of the planned 2,000 to 4,000 troops to remain there until his proposed border wall is built.
"[Trump's decision] is going to let us go after the smugglers -- this multi billion-dollar industry that brings people across. ... The National Guard is going to take over our surveillance positions, which allows us to put more agents in the field on the border, which then allows us to go after the bottom line of the criminal cartels," Judd said on "America's Newsroom"
"When we have the National Guard on the border, the cartels take notice," he added. "We're hoping to cause a drop in their bottom line to put them out of business. The National Guard will help us do that."
Judd said that the federal government will fund the vast majority of the bill.
He also said that since the Trump administration has the right to federalize the National Guard, the president can override a state governor's decision not to deploy its troops to the border.
He noted that California Gov. Jerry Brown's (D) decision not to send its troops might not matter.
"If we have 4,000 [troops], we can shift border patrol resources over to California and just bypass the whole bureaucracy," Judd explained.