In an exclusive interview with The Post Millennial, the soldier argued that, "America is probably the weakest it's ever been," and the Mexico-based cartels are a far bigger threat to the U.S. than ever before.
"We're very vulnerable," the Guard troop said on condition of anonymity. "It's only a matter of time before somebody actually gets shot, or something bad actually happens."
Asked if he felt as though his life was in danger, the Guardsman replied without hesitation: "Absolutely."
"You never know who is crossing. You never know who is going to cross. Under Trump, it seemed like it was a lot more controlled. The border flowed a lot easier. The numbers spoke for themselves, and now it's kind of like, you know, everybody is allowed to come in," he continued.
The Guardsman went on to explain that the brutal cartels use extremely violent measures to "intimidate and scare" Border Patrol agents and others posted to the region.
"Here in the valley, you're going to see a lot of drug flow and a lot of violence from the cartel to try to cover that up. They push large groups of migrants across," he said, adding that portions of the border are akin to a war zone.
"They shoot at us quite often," he said of the cartels, noting further that they often leave bodies to be found "to show us like, 'hey, this is what we're doing.'"
In one case, he said fellow National Guard troops found the body of a man whose head had been dipped in acid by the cartel.
Regarding that instance, he said: "Border Patrol let us know that there was a body somewhere in the area, and some of the guys went looking for it, and sure enough they ended up finding it on our side of the river, which tells us that the cartel crossed him over and left it there for us to find and went back."
Such occurrences are typical -- a cartel "scare tactic" that "morale wise… it puts everybody more on an edge."
"The way I see it, America is probably at its weakest, as weak as it's ever been in a long time right now. We're very vulnerable, and I feel like it's only a matter of time before somebody actually gets shot, or something bad actually happens. And for the administration to realize, 'hey, maybe we do need to do something here,' versus under Trump, he didn't take those chances," the Guardsman continued.
He added that to him, it's the children abandoned along the border by the ruthless cartels that are most disturbing.
"Probably for me being shot at, and the dead bodies, that doesn't really hold much weight, but when I see the kids—I think that's what has mentally been draining me," he confessed.
The soldier recalled an 11-year-old girl whose mother sent her to the border -- alone -- with a box of condoms.
"When I found her, she had three condoms left in a box of like 15. Pretty much the coyotes did what they wanted with her and she was only 11," he said.
He added that "it's only a matter of time before a Guardsman loses his life to the cartel."
National Guardsmen tells Savanah Hernandez that he feels his life is at risk under Biden's border policies, while "under Trump, it seemed like it was a lot more controlled." pic.twitter.com/IKFjMVElE7
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"We're very vulnerable...It's only a matter of time before somebody actually gets shot"
A national guardsman shares his account of being shot at by the cartel, finding mutilated bodies at the border, and calls out Biden's border policy: pic.twitter.com/mzGDIZJeuu
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