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Ducey to address National Guard deployment in Nogales press conference Friday

Ducey to address National Guard deployment in Nogales press conference Friday

President Trump is calling for a total of 4,000 troops along the entirety of the U.S. -Mexico border.

Abbott made his way to the Rio GrandeValley days after the president characterized the border as "in crisis" - spurred in part by news of a caravan of Hondurans making its way from Central America to the U.S.

Abbott received a border security briefing in Weslaco around 3:15 p.m. then spoke to the media around 4:45 p.m.

During the governor's trip to the border, he received a border security briefing from local Border Patrol and National Guard command staff.

"As a veteran and a child of immigrants, I can not understand why President Trump feels the need to deploy troops along our southern border".

At a press conference last Thursday, the Pentagon clarified that the National Guard will aid with, "aviation, engineering, surveillance, communications, vehicle maintenance and logistical support".

It read, "Arming will be limited to circumstances that might require self-defense", but did not explain further.

In California, however, not all of the 400 troops Gov.

"There is no militarization of the border", Ducey said in front of a half-dozen rows of National Guard troops dressed in fatigues standing alongside Border Patrol agents.

Texas National Guard Armory
Texas National Guard Armory Credit Carson Frame Texas Public Radio

The Laredo section of the Texas-Mexico border spans 170 miles and contains no walls or fences. "Our goal is to prosecute every case that is brought to us".

Attorney General Jeff Sessions says, "I've ordered each United States attorney's office along the southwest border to have a zero tolerance policy toward illegal entry". In his letter, Brown points out that there isn't a wave of illegal immigrants crossing the border. Another report shows a 37 percent increase of the same infraction from February to March of this year.

Immigration advocacy groups were critical, saying Brown's support was a boost for Trump's agenda. The coalition is comprised of 31 different sheriff's departments from Arizona, New Mexico, California and Texas.

His trip coincided with the beginning of new border wall construction, of about 20 miles, in Santa Teresa, New Mexico.

Trump's deployment order represents another step toward fulfilling one of his core campaign promises: strengthening border security and reducing what he says is an influx of undocumented immigrants, drugs and crime.

"The MS-13 (gang members) are not stopping at the border", Abbott said. The governor, in his decision to let the California troops participate, gave himself "wiggle room" to withdraw the Guard members if they get involved with immigration, which Trump will definitely want to prevent.

Border Patrol officials told Breitbart Texas that the guardsmen will fill support roles that will free up more agents to work on the line.

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.

"We want to shut down the gangs and smugglers", Abbott said, before posing for photos with the troops.

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