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Gov. Ducey Addresses National Guard Border Deployment

Gov. Ducey Addresses National Guard Border Deployment

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

Abbott is planning on sending around 300 soldiers at a time to the border until there is about 1,400 boots on the ground.

"I agree with the Catholic Bishops who have said that local, state and federal officials should 'work collaboratively and prudently in the implementation of this deployment, ensuring that the presence of the National Guard is measured and not disruptive to community life, '" he wrote. Since the announcement, Governor Susanna Martinez has openly supported the effort.

Meanwhile, the first members of the National Guard in Texas have already made their way to the U.S-Mexico border. "We are working through lodging contracts".

Trump's border policy isn't as coherent or as well-intentioned as his predecessors' but California had an opportunity here to gain more federal funding for the National Guard while maintaining control over how the additional personnel are used. This, Arthur said, would speed up the court process and swiftly lead to border-crossers either being allowed to stay in the USA or being deported. It says troops can not guard anyone in custody for immigration violations or participate in construction of border barriers.

Burwell said National Guard troops will act in an administrative and support capacity: clearing roads, maintaining vehicles and scanning for border crossings by air. "It's the message that gets sent when things like this happen".




In an memo sent last Friday, Defense Secretary James Mattis approved funding to cover the deployment of up to 4,000 National Guard agents through September 30.

Rodolfo Karisch, chief patrol agent for the Border Patrol's Tucson Sector, said immigration enforcement remained the responsibility of Customs and Border Protection and other agencies within the Department of Homeland Security.

"We lack in infrastructure. So we welcome the help", he said. "In addition, I've received calls from governors in other states who want to volunteer their National Guards".

Under the agreement, which expires at the end of September, the state will use most of the additional federal funding for an existing program to combat transnational crime and will deploy numerous additional Guard members statewide rather than at the border.

While border-crossers are detained in the tent cities constructed by the military, the Trump administration could send additional immigration judges and staff to the border, as well as more Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) attorneys.