Photo: National Guard Troops at US-Mexico Border to be Cut by Half, White House Cites Budget Cuts
The Obama administration has announced that next year, due to budget cuts, the number of National Guard troops will be reduced by at least 50 percent.
Currently, about 1,200 troops are stationed at the U.S. border with Mexico, but after the reduction, the National Guards role at the border will primarily be aerial surveillance a source told the Associated Press.
Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-CA) said an official statement from the White House will be released soon, but did not give a specific date.
In recent months, the deployment of National Guard troops at the border has made headlines as critics say the results have not justified the cost.
The Guard were initially sent to secure the border until additional Border Patrol agents could be hired and trained.
Both Presidents Obama and George W. Bush deployed the National Guard to serve as an instant boost to border safety.