Only one border state has refused to send National Guard personnel…
President Trump said that he wanted to send between 2,000 and 4,000 National Guard members to the U.S.-Mexico border issuing a proclamation citing “the lawlessness that continues at our southern border.”
“My administration has no choice but to act,” he wrote.
Trump said that he is going to use the military at the border until progress is made on the wall, which has been stalled in Congress. Last Friday, Defense Secretary James Mattis approved paying for up to 4,000 National Guard personnel from the Pentagon budget through the end of September.
Fox News reports:
The largest commitment comes from Texas, where Gov. Greg Abbott told San Antonio radio station KTSA that he would add about 300 troops a week until the total number reaches at least 1,000 troops.
The Republican governors of three states along the U.S.-Mexico border pledged a total of 1,600 National Guard troops to the frontier Monday – close to half the maximum number President Trump requested to help crack down on illegal immigration and smuggling.
Some Guard members will be armed if they are placed in potential danger, Abbott said, adding he wanted to downplay speculation that “our National Guard is showing up with military bayonets trying to take on anybody that’s coming across the border, because that is not their role.”
There is no end date for the deployment, Abbott said: “We may be in this for the long haul.”
In Arizona, the state National Guard announced it was boosting the number of troops it will send to the border to 338 from 225. In a statement, the Guard said the troops will help regular law enforcement stem “the flow of trafficked people, criminals, narcotics, weapons, and ammunition trafficked in the state.”
Gov. Doug Ducey told a group of soldiers preparing to deploy from a Phoenix military base Monday that their “mission is about providing manpower and resources” to support agencies on the border and denied that there was a political motive.
“I don’t think this is a partisan issue or an identity issue,” he said. “You show me somebody who is for drug cartels or human trafficking or this ammunition that’s coming over a wide-open and unprotected border here.”