Texas prepares to send National Guard to Mexico border

Arizona governor announces plans to send 150 National Guard members to border

Nearly every USA state and territory contributed Guard members to Operation Jump Start, announced by President George W. Bush in 2006.

Along with Trump's comments on Thursday, he said he meant to "probably keep them or a large portion of them until the wall is built", referring to the National Guard troops.

FILE - In this June 8, 2006, file photo, members of the National Guard work on construction of a border wall at the U.S. -Mexico border next to San Luis Rio Colorado, Mexico. "We're only going to work in the best interest of the Mexicans".

"Together, the Departments of Homeland Security and Defense are committed to using every lever of power to support the men and women of law enforcement defending our nation's sovereignty and protecting the American people", they said in a joint statement. Brown has accused Trump of "going to war" against the state.

The office of California Governor Jerry Brown did not respond to questions about whether it would deploy troops.

The first National Guardsmen will arrive on the border with Mexico this weekend to support the new new border security mission announced by President Donald Trump earlier this week.

"We stand ready to support the needs of the state and the nation at the request of the governor or the president", Lt. Col. Travis Walters, a spokesman for the Texas Military Department, the agency that oversees the state's National Guard branches, said in a statement.

"It sounds to me more like political rhetoric than something that is actually needed on our border", said Representative Vicente Gonzalez, a Texas Democrat whose district includes the border city of McAllen.

In his Wednesday memo, Trump decries a "drastic surge of illegal activity" at the border, including illicit drugs and illegal crossings.

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That shooting sparked anger in the region and ended the President Bill Clinton-era military presence along the worldwide line. Under that law, the National Guard remains under the command and control of each state's governor.

Their presence was especially felt in Palomas, Mexico, a smuggling hub south of the village of Columbus, New Mexico, where the increased presence and equipment was credited with easing illegal northbound immigrant travel. George Bush sent around 6,000 personnel in 2006, while Barack Obama deployed 1,200 Guard members back in 2010.

Those troops worked on intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance support, analysis and training, and support efforts to block drug trafficking.

A Border Patrol union spokesman said agents would welcome the extra help. While some were armed for their own self-defense, they were not authorized to make arrests.

Patterson says he can't immediately say how many of remaining members of the 12,500-member force might be suited to border deployment.

As far as National Guard troops go, not much yet.

About 150 Guard members will deploy next week, Ducey said. Christian Patterson says about 3,500 MS soldiers are now training in Texas for deployment later this year to the Middle East. Border security is national security.

Even as Mr. Trump announced his mobilization this week, the Texas National Guard already had about 100 troops at the border, as part of a state border-security operation that began in 2014.

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