Published: Tue, April 10, 2018
Global | By Enrique Rogers

National Guard members start arriving at US-Mexico border

National Guard members start arriving at US-Mexico border

The Arizona National Guard said 225 troops would be deployed on Monday and 113 on Tuesday, according to the AP. Instead, the governor told The Associated Press it was no different than other states sending troops to SC to help after a hurricane.

Governor Doug Ducey said Monday that more than 300 members of the state's National Guard will be sent to the US-Mexico border to support President Trump's call for troops to fight drug trafficking and illegal immigration.

California and New Mexico, the two other states bordering Mexico, have not made public commitments to sending Guard members.

Arizona National Guard soldiers line up as they get ready for a visit from Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey prior their deployment to the Mexico border at the Papago Park Military Reservation Monday, April 9, 2018, in Phoenix. He says he's pleased they will play support roles only.

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.

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.

The deployment came after Texas National Guard commander Brigadier General Tracy Norris announced on Friday that she was moving 250 troops to the state's own border with Mexico within 72 hours, "with supporting aircraft, vehicles and equipment".

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The Republican Doug Ducey made the comments Monday after he saw off some of the 250 troops that Arizona is sending in response to President Donald Trump's plan to send up to 4,000 troops to the border.

McMaster was one of Trump's earliest supporters in the 2016 Republican presidential primary but said there was nothing political about the deployment.

New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez's office said that more than 80 troops would deploy later this week.

President Trump said last week he wants to send 2,000 to 4,000 National Guard members to the southwestern border.

Apprehensions are still well below their historical trends during the terms of former presidents George W Bush and Barack Obama, both of whom also deployed the Guard to the 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".

"It's not good for business, to be frank with you", Villarreal said.

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