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Arizona and Texas answer Donald Trump's call for US-Mexico border troops

Trump rages about ‘caravan’ of immigrants entering US Modal Trigger AP
Melinda Barton | 11 April, 2018, 18:02

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Arizona and Texas announced Friday that they would send 400 National Guard members to the U.S. -Mexico border by next week in response to President Donald Trump's call for troops to fight drug trafficking and illegal immigration. In fact, they had moved to put the National Guard on the border years ago.

Mr Bush sent around 6,000 troops in 2006, and Mr Obama sent 1,200 Guard members in 2010.

Although the Border Patrol caught around 50,000 people last month, more than three times as many as in March 2017, overall apprehensions at the border are still well below levels under Presidents Bush and Obama.

Trump on Wednesday signed a presidential memorandum directing Defense Secretary James MattisJames Norman MattisState Department clears.3B artillery sale to Saudi Arabia Pentagon has few answers on Trump's National Guard plan OR governor: I'll say no if Trump asks me to deploy National Guard troops to Mexico border MORE to support DHS in securing the southern border to address a "surge of illegal activity", including drug trafficking and illegal immigration.

According to a statement made by Trump's advisor on Monday (April 2), he was preparing new legislation to block migrants and asylum seekers, including young unaccompanied children from entering the US.

Jim Mattis, Secretary of Defense, also authorized the call-up of 4,000 Guardsmen for border support.

The deployment was meant to "help combat the brutal Mexican drug cartels that are preying upon our communities", Rick Perry, then the governor, said in 2014. "As a result, many who want to work in our economy have been able to sneak across our border, and millions have stayed". But Trump has repeatedly cited it as an example of what he called America's weak immigration laws.

"These are real problems".

He said in the memorandum that "the security of the United States is imperiled by a drastic surge of illegal activity on the southern border".

The states of New Mexico and California have been asked to take similar actions. More details are expected to come from the state Guard.

WHY: Bush said he was trying to buy time to bolster Border Patrol staffing, which eventually grew by about one-third.

From 2006 to 2008, the Guard fixed vehicles, maintained roads, repaired fences and performed ground surveillance.

Texas already has 100 National Guard members stationed on the border under a state mission. The office of California Gov.

PROBLEMS: In a 2009 article for Joint Force Quarterly, Maj.

Norris said state and federal officials were still determining what the responsibilities of the Guard members would be, but that the Guard would work to support Border Patrol and other agents in the field.

OPERATION PHALANX, July 2010-Sept. "We're going to solve this problem because we have created an orderly, fair, humane immigration framework in which people are able to immigrate to this country in a legal fashion; employers are held accountable for hiring legally present workers".

This initial phase of deployment will include command and control, coordination cells, and operation planning, as requested.

WHERE: About 560 members were sent to Arizona. The troops will provide air, reconnaissance, operational and logistics support and construct border infrastructure.