President Donald Trump says he's considering sending up to 4,000 National Guard members to the southern border, but some argue that's not enough.
William Gheen with the Americans for Legal Immigration PAC is asking volunteers to man the southern border if the president continues to ignore "catch and release" policies.
“If these illegal crossing and 'catch and release' are not stopped, we're bringing Americans to the border with the intention of stopping them,” he says.
“Article IV of the U.S. Constitution is clearly being violated by our own government and somebody has got to do or say something.”
But Curtis Collier at U.S. Border Watch says citizen patrols have limited ability along the border.
“You're not allowed to take anybody into custody with the exception of if they are committing a felony that is a threat to someone,” he says. “For the most part what you are is the eyes and ears that help expand the visibility of Border Patrol.”
Collier says putting more citizens on the border will only bog down efforts to patrol it and cause confusion for troops and agents.
“You're going to have a lot of National Guardsmen down there eyeballing and they're going to have complications with all the people they're seeing, who are our guys and who are their guys,” he says. “So civilian operations along the border really should be conducted when no one is down there except them.”