Focus at Four: Homeland security expert on sending the National Guard to the border

Danny Davis, director of the Graduate Certificate in Homeland Security at the Texas A&M Bush School, sat down on First News at Four to discuss the Trump Administration's plan to send National Guard troops to the U.S. border with Mexico.

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Davis says there's precedent for this kind of action.

"Presidents George W. Bush and Obama took similar measures," said Davis. "The border is a national security issue."

Davis says he supports this measure, partially because it removes some of the financial burden from the border states to the federal government.

Data shows that criminal arrests at the border are down about 20 percent for the last fiscal year. Davis says, that's not the whole story.

"If the administration is making a decision like this, I trust that they know something we don't," said Davis. "They might be expecting a summer surge, which happens."

The troops would be performing administrative duties so as to free up border law enforcement to make the arrests.

For more from Davis, see the video player above. For the statistics on border arrests from the Department of Homeland Security, see the Related Links.