Lack of equipment, drug use plague National Guard troops at the border

Published: Wednesday, December 15, 2021 - 12:55pm
Updated: Thursday, December 16, 2021 - 8:25am
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In response to the mayor of Yuma’s call for assistance with a growing number of people crossing into the U.S. from Mexico, Gov. Doug Ducey recently decided to send National Guard troops there to help. A number of other states have done the same for different parts of the border.

From the federal level, between 3,000-4,000 National Guard troops have been assigned to support U.S. Customs and Border Protection. A story in Military Times by reporter Davis Winkie revealed some disturbing truths about that group of Guard personnel. Many were frustrated by a lack of direction and limited access to needed equipment, while others were accused of crimes — including drug use and sexual assault.

The Show spoke with Winkie to learn about his story and its troublesome aspects.

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