Arizona National Guard Deploys To Mexican Border

National Guard Members Begin Arriving at Border

National Guard Members Begin Arriving at Border

Texas became the first state to send National Guard troops to the southern border, The New York Times reported, deploying 250 guards to the border Friday.

Susana Martinez's office said that more than 80 troops would deploy later this week. On Friday, Defense Secretary James Mattis signed a memo approving U.S. Department of Defense funding through September for up to 4,000 troops along the border.

There is not a end date for the deployment, Abbott talked about: "We may be on this for the prolonged haul". "But it certainly is about border security".

The Republican governors of Arizona and Texas have already deployed troops.

The only holdout border state was California, led by Democratic Governor Jerry Brown, who has not announced whether troops from his state's National Guard will participate and has repeatedly fought with Mr Trump over immigration policy.

The Republican Doug Ducey made the comments Monday after he saw off some of the 250 troops that Arizona is sending in response to President Donald Trump's plan to send up to 4,000 troops to the border.

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey told a group of soldiers preparing to deploy from a Phoenix military base that their "mission is about providing manpower and resources to support federal, state, county, tribal and local law enforcement agencies in stopping the flow of criminals, narcotics, weapons and ammunition that is being trafficked into our state".

"It will make a difference because I psychologically if the people that want to cross think that it's going to be harder, then they are going to take more time to think about it and if it's really worth it", said the rancher.

It said "arming will be limited to circumstances that might require self-defense" but did not further define that.

Troops from SC have helped out on the border before, offering night surveillance by plane and helping a decade ago to build part of the existing wall on the border, Livingston said.

Aaron Hull, chief patrol agent of the U. S. Customs and Border Protection's El Paso Sector, speaks where construction on a new segment of the border wall will be built, near Santa Teresa, N.M., Monday, April 9, 2018.

Administration officers have talked about that rising numbers of people being caught on the southern border, whereas in keeping with seasonal traits now, require an instantaneous response.

National Guard troops were also sent to the border to assist by President George W. Bush in 2006 and President Barack Obama in 2010.

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