Trump wins pledges of 1600 troops for Mexico border duty

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

Governor Doug Ducey said Monday that more than 300 members of the state's National Guard will be sent to the US-Mexico border to support President Trump's call for troops to fight drug trafficking and illegal immigration.

President Donald Trump called last week for thousands of National Guard troops to be sent to the border in a deployment that some Democratic governors resisted and called political.

The Texas National Guard said Friday that it would send an initial deployment of 250 members. Trump said in a memorandum Wednesday that there is a "drastic surge of illegal activity on the southern border", threatening national security.

Some Guard members will be armed if they are placed in potential danger, Abbott said.

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

In Arizona, the state Nationwide Guard launched it was boosting the number of troops it's going to ship to the border to 338 from 225.

The statement came after Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey announced that more troops would be sent Tuesday but did not specify how many.

He told reporters later that the deployments are needed to stop a surge of border crossing since March and accused the USA government of previously ignoring the border "for almost a decade".

Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas all made new pledges that add up to nearly half of the up to 4,000 troops Trump requested. In a press launch, the Guard talked about the troops will help frequent laws enforcement stem "the motion of trafficked people, criminals, narcotics, weapons, and ammunition trafficked inside the state".

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Central American migrants who participated in the annual Migrants Stations of the Cross caravan, one with a sign that says in Spanish: "Get out Donald Trump", walk to the Basilica of Guadalupe after arriving to a shelter in Mexico City, Monday, April 9, 2018.

Ducey supports finishing a wall on Arizona's border with Mexico, but stopped short of saying the National Guard should build it. They will be the first of an expected 250 Guard members from New Mexico to serve on the border.

Some 225 troops will be deployed in 'Operation Guardian Shield'. Organizers said they never meant to go to the USA border.

Over the weekend, they met with officials from Customs and Border Protection and the Department of Homeland Security in five sectors along the southern border.

El Paso Sector Chief Patrol Agent Aaron Hull says those troops are nowhere near deploying yet. Trump said the move was needed to help secure the border. About 250 troops now are near the border.

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