Anna Giaritelli reports at the Washington Examiner:
U.S. Customs and Border Protection [CPB] officers have apprehended an additional 1,600 people attempting to illegally enter the country from Mexico since April 15 as a result of the deployment of National Guard troops to the southwest border, CBP and defense officials said Wednesday.
National Guard officials overseeing the border state deployments said troops helping monitor the international boundary have freed up more border agents to physically guard the border. The result has led to a surge in the amount of criminal activity agents have stopped. . . .
"As of Wednesday, 775 troops have been deployed and are on the ground providing 'direct support on the ground' in seven sectors assisting law enforcement officers," Giaritelli continues.
"Troops are providing support from the air, surveillance back-up, and assistance with infrastructure projects like vegetation clearing and road maintenance, not including to the border wall construction," Giaritelli reports.
"Another task is to specifically free up agents to leave their desks and get back out to the field," according to Giaritelli.
"The troops monitoring remote video surveillance systems have then been able to report sightings to a greater field of agents and thus, the number of apprehensions has increased, officials said," according to Giaritelli.