Arizona sends 225 troops to Mexico border, more heading soon

Hannah Rogers
April 10, 2018

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.

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. Organizers said they never meant to go to the US border. The caravan had sparked furious criticism from Trump, adopted days later by his Nationwide Guard border security deployment plan.

Ducey supports finishing a wall on Arizona's border with Mexico, but stopped short of saying the National Guard should build it.

Abbott told the San Antonio radio station KTSA that Texas would increase the number of troops it deploys by 300 each week. In a press launch, the Guard talked about the troops will help frequent laws enforcement stem "the motion of trafficked people, criminals, narcotics, weapons, and ammunition trafficked inside the state".

The Texas National Guard has also deployed 150 members for the border security mission announced by Trump earlier last week.

He said that based on his conversations with President Trump and other officials, there's no end date on the deployment.

El Paso Sector Chief Patrol Agent Aaron Hull says those troops are nowhere near deploying yet. "You show me somebody who is for drug cartels or human trafficking or this ammunition that's coming over a wide-open and unprotected border here".

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Texas announced Friday that it would send at least 1,000 National Guard members, and helicopters took the first of them to the border.

New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez's office talked about that larger than 80 troops would deploy later this week.

California has not decided whether or not to send its National Guard troops to support border control. 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.

South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster, a Republican, offered to send members of his state's Guard as well.

Mr Brown's spokesman, Evan Westrup, said California officials still were reviewing Mr Trump's troop request.

After plunging at the start of Trump's presidency, the numbers of migrants apprehended at the southwest border have started to rise in line with historical trends.

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