Starting in January, the force of 1,200 National Guard troops at the border will be reduced to fewer than 300 at a cost of about $60 million, said Paul Stockton, assistant secretary of defense for homeland defense.
They will be transitioning to aerial surveillance.
Previously, the budget for this was $1.35 billion. This is not where spending should be cut. The border is not secure now. This large decrease in personnel will seem to make it more porous. Also there is strength in numbers. This reduction in force makes it more dangerous for them.