Tuesday, 18 September, 2018

Border states pledge 1600 troops for President Trump's border fight

A U.S. Customs and Border Protection K-9 unit checks vehicles crossing into the United States from Mexico Border states pledge 1600 troops for Trump's border fight
| 10 April, 2018, 20:28

President Donald Trump called last week for thousands of National Guard troops to be sent to the border in a deployment that some Democratic governors resisted and called political.

If 4,000 troops were deployed, that would be about double the current USA military presence in Syria and about half as many as the number of U.S. troops in Iraq.

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

There is not a end date for the deployment, Abbott talked about: "We may be on this for the prolonged haul". The Texas governor explained that his contribution will be armed.

Arizona officials announced they were sending 225 National Guard members to the border Monday and pledged to deploy another 113 on Tuesday.

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.

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.


"I work on the border every single day and we make arrests every single day", said Wilson, one of the leading voices of the union representing the Border Patrol.

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

The New Mexico Guard members could help with air support, surveillance and infrastructure repairs, Hull said. "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". Instead, the governor told The Associated Press it was no different than other states sending troops to SC to help after a hurricane.

Troops from SC have helped out on the border before, offering night surveillance by plane and helping a decade ago to build part of the existing wall on the border, Livingston said.

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.

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

In California, Brown's spokesman, Evan Westrup, said Monday that state officials are still reviewing Trump's troop request.

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