Published: Tue, April 10, 2018
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Arizona sends 225 troops to Mexico border, more joining them

Arizona sends 225 troops to Mexico border, more joining them

Abbott said he is planning to send at least 1,000 troops to the border and they could be there for months or years, meaning the SC troops could help rotate other National Guard members out, Livingston said.

Gov Henry McMaster said no specifics about how many troops would be sent or how long they would stay were discussed on his call Monday afternoon to fellow Republican and Texas Gov. Greg Abbott. New Mexico says it will. California is undecided.

"We're glad that they are coming", said one rancher who didn't want to be identified. The caravan had sparked furious criticism from Trump, adopted days later by his Nationwide Guard border security deployment plan.

New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez, a Republican, has expressed support for National Guard troops supporting Border Patrol agents in her state, but not deployed them.

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Abbott told the San Antonio radio station KTSA that Texas would increase the number of troops it deploys by 300 each week.

The smaller group of 113 Guardsmen will "provide support to federal, state, county, tribal and local law enforcement agencies in stopping illicit activity including the flow of trafficked people, criminals, narcotics, weapons, and ammunition trafficked in the state", a second press release said. 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. Jerry Brown, who has not launched whether or not or not troops from his state's Nationwide Guard will participate.

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

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.

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The statement came after Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey announced that more troops would be sent Tuesday but did not specify how many.

National guard members from Texas were shown in images taken over the weekend at the U.S. -Mexico border. California National Guard spokesman Lt. Col. Tom Keegan said last week that the request would be "promptly reviewed to determine how best we can assist our federal partners".

Border apprehensions still remain well below the numbers when former Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama deployed the Guard to the border.

Joel Villarreal, the mayor of Rio Grande City in Texas, said he did not agree with what he characterized as "the militarization of the border".

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