Arizona sends 225 troops to Mexico border, more heading soon

Arizona sends 225 troops to Mexico border, more heading soon

National Guard members have started arriving at the US-Mexico border, with more expected as federal government officials continue to discuss what they will do about illegal immigration.

New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez's office said that more than 80 troops would deploy later this week. Under the federal law Trump invoked in his proclamation calling for National Guard troops, governors who send troops retain command and control over their state's Guard members and the USA government picks up the cost.

He said that based on his conversations with President Trump and other officials, there's no end date on the deployment. "The Guard will provide air support, reconnaissance support, operational support, construction of border infrastructure and logistical support".

The Republican governors of Arizona and Texas have already deployed troops.

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In Arizona, the state Nationwide Guard launched it was boosting the number of troops it's going to ship to the border to 338 from 225.

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. "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".

The group didn't make it into the USA, but this is the type of activity the president wants to stop by deploying the National Guard to the border.

Governor Doug Ducey said on Twitter that "additional members" would be deployed on Tuesday, without providing details.

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

In recent years, the number of people detained crossing the border has fallen sharply and is now at the lowest since 1971, according to Border Patrol data.

Trump had said on Thursday that the final deployment would range from 2,000 to 4,000 troops, and he would "probably" keep many personnel on the border until his promised border wall is built. Evan Westrup, a spokesman for Brown, suggested the Related Press Monday that state officers are nonetheless reviewing Trump's troop request.

That's erased a decline for which President Trump repeatedly took credit.

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The National Guard has previously been deployed to help patrol the southern border, including in 2010 under former president Barack Obama, and from 2006-2008 under George W. Bush.

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