April 16, 2018

Former Border Patrol Deputy Chief Discusses National Guard Deployment

Ron Colburn says troops increase deterrence and help the agency address staffing issues.

This week, Gov. Doug Ducey deployed 338 Arizona National Guard members to the border. Lorraine Rivera spoke to Ronald Colburn, former Border Patrol deputy chief, about the effectiveness of previous deployments under the Bush and Obama administrations.

“It had such a deterrence that by 2008 we had reduced cross-border crime by 90 percent,” said Colburn when asked about how the 2006 deployment ordered by President Bush impacted the Yuma Sector.

Colburn also explained how this latest deployment addresses a staffing issue within the Border Patrol.

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