Sunday, 22 April, 2018

National Guard members begin arriving at US-Mexico border

Texas and Arizona are deploying National Guard troops to the border with Mexico under US President Donald Trump's orders Texas and Arizona are deploying National Guard troops to the border with Mexico under US President Donald Trump's orders
Gerardo Duncan | 10 April, 2018, 20:27

Greg Abbott says he will follow Pres. Trump's orders to boost the number of National Guard troops to the Mexico border to at least 1,000.

Ranchers living near the Arizona-Mexico border hope National Guard troops will help increase border security.

"Guardsmen will be sent to the border to provide mission-enhancing capabilities that will help U.S. Customs and Border Protection increase operational control of the region", an Arizona National Guard press release said of the first group of 225 Guardsmen.

The governor met with New Mexico National Guard leaders over the weekend to determine deployment plans and duty assignments, The Washington Post reported. Jerry Brown, who has not launched whether or not or not troops from his state's Nationwide Guard will participate.

Last week, President Donald Trump said, "Until we can have a wall and proper security, we're going to be guarding our border with the military". "You show me somebody who is for drug cartels or human trafficking or this ammunition that's coming over a wide-open and unprotected border here".

The National Guard troops are expected to help Border Patrol lower the number of people and contraband entering the US through the southern border.

New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez's office talked about that larger than 80 troops would deploy later this week. On Monday, Abbott told San Antonio radio station KTSA that Texas will significantly ramp up its commitment to President Trump's call over the next several weeks. Hull says the troops could help with air support, surveillance and repairs of infrastructure along the border so that Border Patrol agents have more time to enforce immigration law.

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

Ducey initially said Arizona would send more troops on Tuesday but did not specify how many.

South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster, a Republican, offered to send members of his state's Guard as well.

In recent years, the number of people detained crossing the border has fallen sharply and is now at the lowest since 1971, according to Border Patrol data.

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

In California, Brown's spokesman, Evan Westrup, said Monday that state officials are still reviewing Trump's troop request.

In Mexico Metropolis, a caravan of Central American migrants that had been heading north stopped inside the Mexican capital.

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