LAREDO, Texas - LAREDO, Texas (AP) - A dispute over resources between the National Guard and the Army is jeopardizing the guard's role along the U.S.-Mexico border.
The National Guard began working along the border in 2006 when then-President George W. Bush sent 6,000 soldiers to patrol the area.
The Austin American-Statesman reports Sunday that only about 300 National Guard soldiers still work along the border, and any ground patrols have been largely replaced by night-time helicopter missions over South Texas.
Now, as the Army faces cuts that could strip it of a fleet of aging Kiowa helicopters, it is looking for about 100 Lakota helicopters instead. It is possible those aircraft will be taken from the National Guard just as the unit has become proficient at fettering out illegal crossings along the border.
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