National Guard members start arriving at US-Mexico border

  • National Guard members start arriving at US-Mexico border

National Guard members start arriving at US-Mexico border

Trump said there is a "drastic surge of illegal activity on the southern border" that threatens national security - and that between 2,000 and 4,000 troops will eventually be sent there.

Under the federal law Trump invoked in his proclamation calling for National Guard troops, governors who send troops retain command and control over their state's Guard members and the US government picks up the cost.

Gov. Henry McMaster was a supporter of President Donald Trump before Trump became the Republican front runner in the 2016 primaries.

Doug Ducey, a Republican, was present to send 225 troops on Monday.

McMaster says he plans to make a similar offer to Arizona's Republican governor. The caravan had sparked furious criticism from Trump, followed days later by his National Guard border protection deployment plan. This latest action by the governors of the three borders states was made in response to Trump's call to action. They were first activated in 2014 and have been serving in an "observe and support" role, officials said.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott told San Antonio radio station KTSA that he would add about 300 troops a week until the total number reaches at least 1,000 troops. Abbott said the announcement "reinforces Texas' longstanding commitment to secure our southern border".

There is no end date for the deployment, Abbott said: "We may be in this for the long haul". He said some Guard members will be armed if they are deployed to a possibly unsafe place.

Trump to Deploy National Guard to the U.S. - Mexico Border President Donald Trump wants to send up to 4,000 National Guard troops to the U.S. border with Mexico until a wall is built.

AZ joins forces with Texas, who on Friday was sent to the border guards 250.

National guard members from Texas were shown in images taken over the weekend at the U.S. -Mexico border. Each state, as well as Puerto Rico and the district of Columbia has its own National guard units.

The Defense Department has approved the deployment of up to 4,000 National Guard troops through September.

The images shared by the Texas Military Department which includes Guard branches showed members dressed in military fatigues shaking hands with US border agents.

Texas already had approximately 100 troops at the border prior to Trump's request. It's not clear when they will head to the border. The continued militarization of the U.S./Mexico Border distorts the reality of life on the border; this is not a war zone but instead is comprised of many peaceful and law-abiding communities that are also generous in their response to human suffering. So far, California is resisting the Presidential order.

That's according to Gov. Jerry Brown (D) is still reviewing whether his state will send troops. Brown is a member of the Democratic Party.

Members of the Arizona National Guard take a break on April 9, 2018 at the Papago Park Military Reservation in Phoenix. "The Guard will provide air support, reconnaissance support, operational support, construction of border infrastructure and logistical support".

El Paso Sector Chief Patrol Agent Aaron Hull said those troops are nowhere near deploying yet.

"Arizona welcomes the deployment of National Guard to the border", Ducey said in a statement released last week.

The border state of Arizona has also responded to the federal request, deploying 225 members of its Guard on Monday.