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The Marine Corps is quietly participating in the fight against illegal immigration

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A U.S. Marine, serving as a rifleman with 2nd Ground Sensor Platoon, II Marine Expeditionary Force, emplaces a ground sensor into a concealed position at an undisclosed location in Texas, March 2018. Marines used assets unique to the ground sensor platoon while conducting a Joint Task Force North mission in support of U.S. Border Patrol to detect the trafficking of illicit drugs into the United States. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Cpl. Victoria Ross)

The US Marines have been quietly participating in the fight against illegal immigration and trafficking across America’s Southern border, sending specialized units to monitor those who wantonly challenge the sovereignty of our nation.

Ground Sensor Platoons -infantrymen who use special surveillance systems to track enemy activity- work side by side with the US Border Patrol to catch illegal aliens and smugglers on a daily basis.

Armed with cutting-edge technology known as the Tactical Remote Sensor System (TRSS), Marines utilize sensors, cameras and other monitoring equipment to keep track of invading personnel, day and night, in all weather conditions.

Once placed in the target area, the sensors can operate for up to 30 days.

According to Business Insider, the Marines play a large part in helping stop people attempting to cross into the country illegally and help out the beleaguered Border Patrol.

In 2017, the US Border Patrol (which is only about 20,000 agents strong across the USA), captured 303,916 people attempting to cross the border. To put that into perspective, that’s 1.6 times the size of the active duty component of the USMC, 5.3 times the population of Greenland, over twice the population of Greenland and over 5.2 times the number of US personnel killed in the Vietnam War.

The Marines operate as part as Joint Task Force- North, a Department of Defense operation based out of Fort Bliss, Texas.

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