Nevada Guard troops headed for Mexico border |

Nevada Guard troops headed for Mexico border

CARSON CITY (AP) – About 130 members of the Nevada Army and Air National Guard leave Saturday for duty along the Arizona-Mexico border as part of Operation Jump Start, designed to keep illegal immigrants from crossing into the United States.

Members of the 152nd Civil Engineering Squadron, based in Reno, and soldiers from the 150th Maintenance Company based in Carson City and Las Vegas, will travel to several locations in Arizona as part of a two- and three-week rotation.

They’ll assist U.S. Customs and Border Protection personnel near Phoenix, Nogales, Tuscon and Yuma.

President Bush’s “Jump Start” plan called for 6,000 troops to be on the border in support roles by this weekend. But officials in border states have said the Guard would likely need more time to meet that mark.

Bush has said the mission will free up thousands of officers now on other duties to actively patrol the border. Guardsmen are building fences, conducting routine surveillance and taking care of other administrative duties for the border patrol.

Bush’s plan called for all 50 states to send troops, but not all states immediately signed commitments. Some state officials argued that they couldn’t free up Guard members because of responsibilities in their home states.

Support Local Journalism

Support Local Journalism

Readers around the Lake Tahoe Basin and beyond make the Tahoe Tribune's work possible. Your financial contribution supports our efforts to deliver quality, locally relevant journalism.

Now more than ever, your support is critical to help us keep our community informed about the evolving coronavirus pandemic and the impact it is having locally. Every contribution, however large or small, will make a difference.

Your donation will help us continue to cover COVID-19 and our other vital local news.