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National Guard to do border surveillance

Guard troops on the border won't be able to patrol it, make arrests, or use deadly force


By Maggie Ybarra
El Paso Times

EL PASO — The National Guard troops President Barack Obama will send to the border won't be able to patrol it, arrest people or use deadly force, U.S. Rep. Silvestre Reyes said.

The Posse Comitatus Act, a federal law, prohibits federal military forces from doing law enforcement work. Instead, they will watch the border, repair vehicles and assist with communications and intelligence.

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