Governors of Border States Support National Guard Deployment

Governors of Border States Support National Guard Deployment

Governors of Border States Support National Guard Deployment

'As Commander of Oregon's Guard, I'm deeply troubled by Trump's plan to militarize our border'.

In a presidential memorandum authorizing the request of deployment of Guards to the border, Trump says USA security is "imperiled by a drastic surge of illegal activity", in particular drug trafficking by gangs and unlawful immigration. A Democrat, Brown is the nation's first and only out bisexual governor. She says OR hasn't been contacted by federal officials about border troop deployment.

The governors of Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona, who are all Republicans, expressed support for deployment of National Guard troops, according to CNN.

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.

Notifications for troops will go in the mail Saturday telling troops they need to report as early as next week, Norris said.

On Friday, North Dakota's Republican governor joined leaders of some border states in saying he would send forces if asked. A spokesman for California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) on Thursday in hopes of getting his support. Asked about the cost, Trump said, the administration is "looking at it".

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.

As Newsweek reported last week, Trump has been unable to get funding for the so-called Border Wall, a key point of his campaign, that he wants along the U.S. -Mexico border.


"We'll figure it out", he said. A Defense Department memo says the National Guard personnel will not perform law enforcement functions or "interact with migrants or other persons detained" without Mattis's approval. Mexico's Foreign Ministry said Wednesday night that it had been assured by the administration that the Guardsmen would not be armed.

Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval is the latest governor to oppose President Donald Trump's proposal to send thousands of National Guard members to the Mexico border to help fight illegal immigration and drug trafficking.

After Sept. 11, President George W. Bush sent unarmed National Guard units to the border to support federal agents.

The Texas Army National Guard said it plans to deploy 250 people to the border within three days.

The governor clarified in a subsequent tweet that the federal government had not made any requests for National Guard deployment, writing that her announcement was meant to serve as a preemptive declaration of resistance. In 2010, President Barack Obama dispatched 1,200 members of the National Guard to enforce border security after a string of violent incidents.

Oregon National Guard troops are regularly deployed around the world.

They improved lighting at border crossings, extended existing fencing along the global boundary, built roads, monitored remote cameras, operated communications equipment and sat in mobile observation towers watching for people sneaking into the U.S.

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