Arizona, Texas prepare to send Guard to US-Mexico border


By: AP | Austin | Updated: April 7, 2018 11:29:16 am

Two UH-72 Lakota helicopters are prepared for takeoff at the Armed Forces Reserve Center at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport, Friday, April 6, 2018, in Austin, Texas. (Amanda Voisard/Austin American-Statesman via AP)

Arizona and Texas announced Friday that they were preparing to deploy National Guard members to the U.S.-Mexico border in response to President Donald Trump’s call for more border security. Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey said about 150 Guard members would deploy next week. And the Texas Military Department, the umbrella agency over the Texas National Guard branches, said on its Twitter account that it would hold a Friday night news conference on its preparations, though further details were not immediately available.

Trump told reporters Thursday that he wants to send between 2,000 and 4,000 National Guard members to the border to help fight illegal immigration and drug trafficking.

New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez’s office said Friday that it had not yet deployed any Guard members. The office of California Gov. Jerry Brown did not respond to questions about whether it would deploy troops.

That would be lower than the roughly 6,000 National Guard members that former President George W. Bush sent in 2006 during another border security operation,…

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