No one disputes the fact that we need stronger border security. As a sovereign nation, we have a right and a responsibility to control our own borders. However, our borders cannot be truly secure if we continue shifting the responsibility for border protection from the Department of Homeland Security, where it belongs under current law, to the National Guard.

Not all units sent to the border region will be performing tasks that fall within the given tasks they have been trained to perform. I am greatly concerned about the impact this plan will have on the operational readiness of those units and the additional strain it will place on our already overused National Guard.