Published: Sat, April 14, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

California Deploys National Guard; Troops Already At Texas, Arizona Borders

California Deploys National Guard; Troops Already At Texas, Arizona Borders

Trump's decision last week came as he expressed concern on Twitter over the caravan of several hundred Central American immigrants in Mexico heading towards the USA border.

National Guard troops are settling in along the border that separates the US from Mexico.

"It's also not a permanent solution". Martinez said. Martinez went on to expand those statements, saying that this is neither the time nor the place for military action on our border: "As a Representative of an extremely diverse district in Southern New Mexico, I can tell you that I haven't felt better about our border security in a long time".

He said, "There has been an increase of more than 200% of people coming across the border without authority". California, at least, has taken steps to deploy them where reality indicates they'll be most useful. "And the California National Guard will not be enforcing federal immigration laws", Brown said, noting that "overall immigrant apprehensions on the border last year were as low as they've been in almost 50 years (and 85 percent of the apprehensions occurred outside of California)".

California Gov. Jerry Brown agreed Wednesday to deploy 400 National Guard troops in response to a Trump administration request to border state governors.

"With Operation Guardian Shield underway, more members of the Arizona National Guard have joined them to provide much needed support for these security efforts".

Brown's letter said the California Guard will "do what it does best": focus on transnational criminal gangs, human traffickers, and drug and firearms smugglers throughout the state. "And the California National Guard will not be enforcing federal immigration laws".


However, the governor added, parties involved must be "crystal clear on the scope of this mission" at the Mexican border.

It's the latest group of soldiers preparing for a surveillance and reporting mission along the banks of the Rio Grande where there's already 762 of them watching for any smuggling activity from the other side.

Sessions said the lack of a barrier on the border opens the country to illegal immigration.

"That will ultimately allow us to get back to doing law enforcement work".

Last week, officials with the Texas Military Department confirmed the troops' deployment to the Valley, clarifying they would serve in a support role for Border Patrol and Customs and Border Protection officials.

Karisch said the agencies were developing a "planned, phased approach" for using the National Guard troops on the border.

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