Arizona deploys 225 National Guard members to border

Glen Norman
April 10, 2018

The Arizona National Guard said in statement that 225 troops will be deployed to the border Monday and another 113 on Tuesday. The troops were sent to the town of Marana, northwest of Tucson, according to Ducey's spokesperson, Patrick Ptak.

"This is a step up from the militarization, something we just absolutely don't need", said Pedros Rios.

Trump authorized the National Guard with governors' approval to enhance us border patrol security on Wednesday.

Doug Ducey speaks to Arizona National Guard soldiers prior to their deployment to the Mexico border at the Papago Park Military Reservation, Monday, April 9, 2018, in Phoenix.

Abbott told the San Antonio radio station KTSA that Texas would increase the number of troops it deploys by 300 each week.

Trump said last week that he would be sending up to 4,000 troops to the southern border until his proposed border wall was built. On Friday, Defense Secretary James Mattis signed a memo approving U.S. Department of Defense funding through September for up to 4,000 troops along the border.

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

If 4,000 troops were deployed, that would be about double the current United States military presence in Syria and about half as many as the number of USA troops in Iraq. "You current me any one who's for drug cartels or human trafficking or this ammunition that's coming over a wide-open and unprotected border proper right here".

"Guardsmen will be sent to the border to provide mission-enhancing capabilities that will help U.S. Customs and Border Protection increase operational control of the region", an Arizona National Guard press release said of the first group of 225 Guardsmen. 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. Instead, the governor told The Associated Press it was no different than other states sending troops to SC to help after a hurricane.

South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster, a Republican, provided to ship members of his state's Guard as correctly.

Administration officials have said that rising numbers of people being caught at the southern border, while in line with seasonal trends in recent years, require an immediate response. 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".

President Barack Obama sent 1,200 troops in 2010 and President George W. Bush sent 6,200 to the border in 2006 as part of Operation Jump Start.

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