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Arizona, Texas prepare to send National Guard members to US-Mexico border

07 April 2018, 02:45 | Myrtle Vega

Arizona, Texas prepare to send National Guard members to US-Mexico border

Arizona, Texas prepare to send National Guard members to US-Mexico border

Texas has started sending troops to the U.S. -Mexico border, with 250 members of the National Guard expected to deploy within the next 72 hours.

FILE - In this June 8, 2006, file photo, members of the National Guard work on construction of a border wall at the U.S. -Mexico border next to San Luis Rio Colorado, Mexico. "We appreciate the governor's support and are dedicated to working with them to secure the national borders".

Notifications for troops will go in the mail on Saturday telling troops they need to report as early as next week, Norris said.

Texas made a similar announcement Friday.

President Donald Trump's plan to deploy National Guard troops to the Mexico border has drawn resistance from some governors, majority Democrats, but they could be powerless to deny the commander in chief's request for soldiers.

"It sounds to me more like political rhetoric than something that is actually needed on our border", said Representative Vicente Gonzalez, a Texas Democrat whose district includes the border city of McAllen.

Arizona Governor Doug Ducey said about 150 guard members would be deployed next week.

Gov. Doug Ducey announced the troop call-up in a tweet Friday and said he was working closely with the defense and homeland security departments.

Even as Mr. Trump announced his mobilization this week, the Texas National Guard already had about 100 troops at the border, as part of a state border-security operation that began in 2014. Find us on Facebook too!

DHS and White House officials have also not provided details on what the duties of the troops will be, especially considering that Pentagon regulations prohibit National Guard troops from searching vehicles, or pursuing and arresting anyone. But White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said Friday that plans are in the works. In that capacity, a governor retains control of the National Guard troops but the federal government finances the operation.

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Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen and Secretary of Defense James Mattis issued a joint statement Friday night, thanking the Texas and Arizona governors.

Trump told reporters Thursday that he wants to send between 2,000 and 4,000 National Guard members to the border to help fight illegal immigration and drug trafficking.

President Donald Trump's plan to deploy National Guard troops to the Mexican border has drawn resistance from several Democratic governors and Nevada's Republican governor.

-Mexican border and that he had worked with his counterpart at the time in the Mexican state of Chihuahua as part of a cross-border partnership aimed against drug violence.

During Operation Phalanx, ordered by President Barack Obama in 2010, 1,200 Guard members deployed to the border, majority from Arizona, California, New Mexico and Texas.

Both deployments lasted for around a year.

Mississippi National Guard spokesman Lt. Col.

Patterson says he can't immediately say how many of remaining members of the 12,500-member force might be suited to border deployment.

Guard members sent to the border to help don't always come from border states. And Republican Vermont Gov. Phil Scott said he "would not be eager" to send troops because so many other states are closer to the border with Mexico.

In 2006, President Barack Obama deployed troops to the U.S. -Mexico border and before him President George W. Bush in 2006.

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