National Guard helping CBP at the border

National Guard members at the border

NOGALES, AZ (Tucson News Now) - The fight to keep illegal goods from coming into the U.S. is the job of Customs and Border Protection.

Tucson News Now learned during a tour of the Mariposa Port of Entry in Nogales on Wednesday that they are short staffed by 140 people.

Until those jobs are filled, CBP is getting help from the National Guard. They have permission to have 682 at the border, but currently have 495 guard soldiers there. Of those 420 are from the Arizona National Guard.

The guardsmen and women are providing a temporary support roll for CBP. Their tasks include: cargo inspections, non-intrusive inspections and camera surveillance.

We took a tour with CBP and the National Guard troops to see some of the work they're doing at the border.

The guardsmen are funded to be at the border until September 30. They have yet to get word on if they will stay past that date or leave on the 30th.

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