Published: Sat, April 07, 2018

Arizona to send 150 Guard members to border

Arizona to send 150 Guard members to border

Texas, which has the longest border with Mexico, sent its first National Guard members Friday evening following a news conference where military officials detailed plans to send about 250 guardsmen to its 1,241-mile-long border within 72 hours.

"We are going to do it as quickly as we can do it safely", Vitiello told Fox News Channel. Jerry Brown did not respond to questions about whether it would deploy troops. It means the federal government will foot the bill for the National Guard missions, which will be performed under the command and control of the participating states.

Under the mechanism the administration is looking to use, the Guard would not be mobilized as a federal force.

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown has said she would deny Trump's request. Opponents may not be able to prevent the president from calling on their state National Guard troops if Trump employs a federal law. Lonergan added that the governor "fully" supports the men and women of the New Mexico National Guard "in any mission - state or federal at home or overseas". "We'll probably keep them or a large portion of them" on duty until a border wall is constructed, he said.

Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry, now Mr. Trump's energy secretary, also sent about 1,000 Guard members to the border in 2014 in response to a surge in the number of unaccompanied immigrant children crossing the Rio Grande, the river that separates the USA and Mexico in the state.

In a news release Wednesday, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said the Trump administration directive "reinforces Texas' longstanding commitment to secure our southern border and uphold the Rule of Law, and I welcome the support".

Both deployments lasted for around a year.

"If the president were to deploy under Title 32, he'd obviously have to have the approval of the governor", Hockaday said, citing an assessment from the governor's attorney.

As of Friday afternoon, Patterson says the state has not received orders to send troops to the border.

Border security is national security.

Governor Reynolds office clarified that it had not received any requests for troops as of yet and had no specific deployment plans.

Republican Gov. Kay Ivey says she will consult with the head of the Alabama Guard to see what resources are available.

Trump carried Alabama easily in the 2016 presidential election and remains very popular in the heavily Republican state.

The president has called sending troops to the Mexico border a "big step", but both his predecessors also dispatched the National Guard there. His spokeswoman, Mary-Sarah Kinner, said in an email that Sandoval does not believe the mission would be "an appropriate use" of the Nevada Guard.

Arizona is also planning to deploy 150 troops there next week.

It was the first time Trump attached numbers to his desire to put the National Guard on the border.

Montana Gov. Steve Bullock, a Democrat, said he would never deploy National Guard troops "based simply on the whim of the President's morning Twitter habit". -Mexican border if asked.

Arizona and Texas announced they would send 400 National Guard members to the US-Mexico border by next week in response to US President Donald Trump's call for troops to fight drug trafficking and illegal immigration.

Earlier Thursday, Ronald Vitiello, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection's acting deputy commissioner, cautioned against a rushed deployment.

"We North Dakotans know from experience how critical it is for states to support each other in times of need", Burgum said.

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