By Jon Dougherty
While Democrats and some RINOs continue to claim that POTUS Donald Trump’s declaration of a national emergency along the U.S.-Mexico border is “fake,” one GOP lawmaker would beg to differ with them.
That’s because he’s deploying the border as a member of the Air National Guard.
Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.), is a lieutenant colonel in the Guard whose unit was activated last week to respond to the ‘fake’ emergency, his office confirmed, according to Task & Purpose.
â€œAs with previous border missions while elected, the Congressman will stay within the United States,â€ the statement said.
â€œThe Congressman is humbled to serve his IL-16 community here in the Peopleâ€™s House and equally proud to serve as a reconnaissance pilot in the Air Guard. In both of these roles, Congressman Kinzinger fights to make our national security stronger, our border more secure, and our communities safer,â€ the statement added.
The specific location of Kinzinger’s deployment was not disclosed because that’s an operational security issue. But this isn’t Kinzinger’s first time in serving his state or his country. He’s deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan in the past as a member of the U.S. Air Force.
He’sÂ also flown border security duties before, according to theÂ Chicago Sun-Times. He was deployed there three times during the Obama administration.
He also has said that border security is vital toÂ national security.
â€œSecuring Americaâ€™s borders is a chief function of the federal government and is crucial to providing a safe environment for our citizens,â€ he said according to a statement posted to hisÂ website.
â€œAs a member of the Air National Guard, I work with Customs and Border Protection officers on our southwest border and know firsthand how an unsecure border jeopardizes the security of our country,â€ he added.
â€œI am committed to strengthening our border security, better enforcing our immigration laws, and targeting dangerous gangs such as MS-13.
â€œThis can be done through physical and virtual barriers â€” including the use of reconnaissance drone aircraft, security cameras, and other technological instruments that help U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents effectively respond to border incursions,â€ the Air Guard lawmaker noted further.
Kinzinger is one of about 3,750 Guard members POTUS Donald Trump has ordered to active duty, to assist federal Border Patrol and other immigration authorities.
The Pentagon has said that Guard members will, in part, operate surveillance cameras in California, Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas, freeing up border authorities for interdiction duties.
Also, Guard members are going to be erecting about 150 miles of concertina wire to prevent illegal crossings.
Kinzinger’s service along the border with the Guard gives him a unique perspective on both the importance of his mission and the fact that a legitimate emergency does exist along the border — an opinion shared by most Border Patrol and Customs and Border Protection agents who work there.
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