National Guard members begin arriving at US-Mexico border

Arizona sending 225 troops to Mexico border, more heading soon

Arizona officials announced they were sending 225 National Guard members to the border Monday and pledged to deploy another 113 on Tuesday.

California has not decided whether to send National Guard members to the border with Mexico to help President Donald Trump's deployment of troops to fight illegal immigration and drug trafficking.

The group didn't make it into the USA, but this is the type of activity the president wants to stop by deploying the National Guard to the border.

Abbott told the San Antonio radio station KTSA that Texas would increase the number of troops it deploys by 300 each week.

Mr Trump has said he wants to use the military at the border until progress is made on his proposed border wall, which has mostly stalled in Congress.

The smaller group of 113 Guardsmen will "provide support to federal, state, county, tribal and local law enforcement agencies in stopping illicit activity including the flow of trafficked people, criminals, narcotics, weapons, and ammunition trafficked in the state", a second press release said.

The Arizona deployment comes after Defense Secretary James Mattisauthorized 4,000 National Guard troops on Friday to help with security on the US border with Mexico.

There is not a end date for the deployment, Abbott talked about: "We may be on this for the prolonged haul".

Texas became the first state to send National Guard troops to the southern border, The New York Times reported, deploying 250 guards to the border Friday.

El Paso Sector Chief Patrol Agent Aaron Hull says troops are nowhere near deploying yet. "You current me any one who's for drug cartels or human trafficking or this ammunition that's coming over a wide-open and unprotected border proper right here".

The New Mexico Guard members could help with air support, surveillance and infrastructure repairs, Hull said.

Governors who send troops retain command and control over their state's Guard members and the US Government picks up the cost.

In recent years, the number of people detained crossing the border has fallen sharply and is now at the lowest since 1971, according to Border Patrol data.

South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster, a Republican, provided to ship members of his state's Guard as correctly.

Mr Brown's spokesman, Evan Westrup, said California officials still were reviewing Mr Trump's troop request.

National Guard troops were also sent to the border to assist by President George W. Bush in 2006 and President Barack Obama in 2010.

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