Texas, Arizona announce troop deployments to Mexico border

Katrina Barker
April 7, 2018

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Arizona and Texas announced Friday that they would send 400 National Guard members to the U.S. -Mexico border by next week in response to President Donald Trump's call for troops to fight drug trafficking and illegal immigration.

The US National Guard has previously been deployed to help patrol the southern border, in 2010 under former president Barack Obama, and from 2006-2008 under George W. Bush. As for how long the troops will be stationed there, Trump said that "we'll probably keep them or a large portion of them" until a border wall is constructed. Laws dating back to after the Civil War prevent federal troops from being involved in law enforcement. Jerry Brown did not respond to questions about whether it would deploy troops.

The Arizona National guard says a team of planners has been activated to coordinate deployment of 150 Guard troops to the U.S. -Mexico border.

"This mobilisation supports the priorities of the governor and the President in securing our borders", she told reporters.

"We are working with the Department of Homeland Security on what the requirements will be", Norris said.

"We are not bringing any guns", said 32-year-old Karen Gallo, who was traveling with her husband and two children.

Department of Homeland Security officials have said Guard members could support Border Patrol agents and other law enforcement agencies. Border arrests rose 10 of the last 11 months after falling in April 2017 to the lowest since the Department of Homeland Security was created in 2003.

That shooting sparked anger in the region and ended the President Bill Clinton-era military presence along the worldwide line.

If the orders are given under another federal law called Title 32, governors retain command and control of Guard members from their state, with the federal government paying for the deployment.

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis has approved using Defense Department money to pay for as many as 4,000 National Guard personnel to perform border security missions. Border apprehensions still remain well below the numbers when Bush and Obama deployed the Guard to the border.

Border Patrol agents stand along the border fence on April 6, 2018 in Calexico, California.

Once troops make it to the border, there are restrictions on what they can do. The caravan of largely Central American migrants never meant to reach the USA border, according to organizer Irineo Mujica.

By Tuesday, he'd kicked things up a notch, making a surprise announcement at a luncheon: He planned to send the military to guard the border. Christian Patterson says about 3,500 MS soldiers are now training in Texas for deployment later this year to the Middle East.

On Friday, North Dakota's Republican governor joined leaders of some border states in saying he would send forces if asked.

The Republican Burgum said in a statement from his office Friday that governors of states along the border with Mexico are in the best position to say whether Guard troops are needed.

It was the first time the administration put numbers on the scope of the new plan to dispatch National Guard personnel to the border, which Trump first disclosed this week.

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.

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