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

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The troops will provide air, reconnaissance, operational and logistics support and construct border infrastructure.

Trump is also reportedly still furious that he did not secure money for his beloved border wall in a massive spending bill he signed in March, and is determined to press the immigration issue in the months ahead.

The National Guard has previously been deployed to help patrol the southern border, including in 2010 under former president Barack Obama, and from 2006-2008 under George W. Bush. Doug Ducey said about 150 Guard members would deploy next week, while Texas National Guard officials said Friday evening that there will be 250 Texas National Guard troops deployed within the next 72 hours. David M. Church, an Army National Guard commander during Operation Jump Start, said the operation's "sudden formation" gave the National Guard and U.S. Customs and Border Protection "little time for preparation, acquaintance, and coordination".

The US state of Texas is deploying National Guard members to the border with Mexico following a call from President Donald Trump, said a BBC News report on Saturday. "Immigration is reduced. I was a border governor, it's gone down on the's being reduced", Richardson, a Democrat, said Friday in Billings. "It will be consistent with law and the spirit of Congress". But now he's reached directly into his predecessors' playbook by sending in the National Guard.

The chief of the National Guard Bureau, Gen. Joseph Lengyel, tweeted that the move involves 500 troops. Federal law restricts the military from carrying out law enforcement duties.

Leaders in both Arizona and Texas said Friday that they were working with federal planners to define the Guard members' mission. In the past, they've served in support roles like training, construction and intelligence gathering.

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President Trump says he wants to send up to 4,000 National Guard members to secure the border with Mexico, until his proposed border wall is built. It said "arming will be limited to circumstances that might require self-defense", but it did not further define that.

"Together, the Departments of Homeland Security and Defense are committed to using every lever of power to support the men and women of law enforcement defending our nation's sovereignty and protecting the American people", Defense Secretary James Mattis and Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said in the statement.

WHAT THE PRESIDENT SAID: "For decades, the United States has not been in complete control of its borders", Bush said.

It appears that Friday's deployment is an augmentation of the forces already standing guard at the Texas - Mexico border.

Both deployments lasted for around a year. "This deployment has begun with the movement of equipment and troops today". Walters did not specify where the first round of troops would be stationed.

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