National Guard Troops Await Orders To Deploy To Mexico Border

National Guard troops headed for border Friday night

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Brown announced on Twitter that she will not listen to Trump or the federal government if asked to send or guard troops to the Mexico border, saying she is "deeply troubled by Trump's plan to militarize our border".

United States began on Friday the military deployment of the National Guard on the border with Mexico that President Donald Trump ordered a few days ago to combat immigration until the construction of the wall is completed.

Writing for Fox News Opinion, the Center for Immigration Studies' Jessica Vaughn said Trump's deployment of the National Guard was "a necessary move in the face of rising apprehension over illegal crossers, and the pending arrival of an unusually large, organized "caravan" of more than 1,000 Central American migrants".

Prominent governors are coming out in support of the president's decision to send the National Guard to protect the border. She says OR hasn't been contacted by federal officials about border troop deployment.

Earlier in the day Pentagon Chief Spokesperson Dana White insisted the National Guard will be deployed purely to support border patrol agents performing law enforcement duties.

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It remains unclear whether the deployed guardsmen will be armed.

Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and California - the four states bordering Mexico - will all have to agree on the level of troops they're willing to commit to the border, and the Defense Department will have to approve funding for the operation. Jerry Brown (D) on Thursday in hopes of getting his support.

Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.) said Thursday that the California governor, who has previously accused the Trump administration of "basically going to war" with his state over immigration policy, could say no to the deployment request.

About 250 troops will be sent by Monday to the state's 1,254-mile long border with Mexico, Army National Guard Brig.

"We'll figure it out", he said.

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Having served in the military for 21 years himself, Gordon said this option would keep some of our troops in the USA instead of overseas. In February 2018, the agency reported apprehending 36,695 individuals attempting to make an illegal border crossing, up from 23,555 in the same month of the previous year. "In my time as Governor, Texas has maintained a continuous presence of National Guard members along the border, and we've added hundreds of permanent Department of Public Safety troopers to the region". In 2006, President George W. Bush sent 6,000 National Guard troops to the border, some of whom worked to construct the barrier.

Presidential candidate Ricardo Anaya went further, saying Mexico should limit anti-terrorism cooperation until the National Guard is withdrawn.

"The president is frustrated" over continued illegal immigration, Nielsen said, adding, "He has been very clear that he wants to secure our border".

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders described the deployment as "a good first step". Around 30,000 Guard members eventually participated, according to a 2008 National Guard analysis, including more than 1,000 each from Kentucky, North Carolina and SC. Arizona, which unlike OR shares a border with Mexico, has long sought to address the adverse effects of illegal immigration.

"If [President Trump] asks me to deploy Oregon Guard troops to the Mexico border, I'll say no", she tweeted Wednesday.

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