In response to President Trump’s signed proclamation on Wednesday, authorizing the National Guard to be deployed to help secure the U.S.-Mexico border against the onslaught of illegal alien crossers, two states have announced pending deployments Friday evening.
Arizona Governor Doug Ducey said Friday, “Our office is working closely with @AZNationalGuard, @DeptofDefense and @DHSgov on plans to deploy approximately 150 national guard members to the border next week.”
The Texas Military Department announced in a Facebook past Friday that the Texas National Guard is preparing to deploy to the Texas – Mexico border. They stated that a press conference would be held tonight at 6:30 p.m. at the Armed Forces Reserve Center in Austin.
The Associated Press reported:
Trump told reporters Thursday that he wants to send between 2,000 and 4,000 National Guard members to the border to help fight illegal immigration and drug trafficking.
That would be lower than the roughly 6,000 National Guard members that former President George W. Bush sent in 2006 during another border security operation, though more than the 1,200 Guard members President Barack Obama sent in 2010.
A spokesman for Ducey said Friday that the deployment would be funded under a federal law called Title 32. Under that law, the National Guard remains under the command and control of each state’s governor.
A new report from the U.S. Border Patrol has revealed that the number of illegal alien apprehensions at the border has now skyrocketed to the highest levels since President Trump took office.
In March, 50,308 illegal aliens were taken into custody at the U.S.-Mexico border, almost a 40 percent increase from the 36,695 apprehensions reported in February, and up from 16,588 in March 2017.
#Texas National Guard says it’s preparing to deploy to Mexico border in response to a call from President Donald Trump. Texas already has 100 Guardsmen deployed as part of an existing state mission at the border. https://t.co/pYxcKXljpu
— AP Central U.S. (@APCentralRegion) April 6, 2018
BREAKING: Arizona’s governor says 150 of the state’s National Guard members will be sent to the U.S.-Mexico border next week.
— The Associated Press (@AP) April 6, 2018
— Doug Ducey (@dougducey) April 6, 2018
#BREAKING: Texas National Guard prepares to deploy to Texas – Mexico border. Press conference tonight at 6:30 p.m. @ Armed Forces Reserve Center 5102 Emma Browning Ave, Austin, TX 78719. @CNN @FoxNews @CBSNews @ABC @MSNBC @KXAN_News @KVUE @SpecNewsATX @fox7austin
— Texas Military Dept (@TXMilitary) April 6, 2018
Statement on @POTUS plan to deploy National Guard to border. Texas will continue to implement robust border security efforts to ensure the safety & security of our citizens. pic.twitter.com/FI9KH8JuOY
— Gov. Greg Abbott (@GovAbbott) April 4, 2018
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