Ducey: National Guard deployment doesn't mean border militarized

Texas governor promotes Trump National Guard plan but what can troops

The Republican defended President Donald Trump's military deployment plan to fight illegal immigration and drug trafficking. "It's not like someone crossing the border says, 'I'm carrying drugs.' How can you tell?".

Calling border security a "top priority" in which Texas "has stepped up to answer the call", Abbott said, "The addition of National Guard troops to aid Customs and Border Patrol will serve to strengthen border security, and their presence will make a meaningful difference".

Republican governors in Texas, Arizona and New Mexico readily agreed to Trump's call for more border troops, but it's doubtful the show of force will be anything but a show.

Trump praised Brown on Twitter Thursday, but did not address the governor's conditions for not taking an immigration role for California troops.

The orders have been met with resistance from activists and government officials alike, and Rep. Rudy Martinez (D-39) says that President Trump's actions are not necessary and that Governor Martinez should not support such a policy.

Governors in other states have also criticized Trump's request.

In this frame from a video, a member of the National Guard watches over Rio Grande River on the border in Roma, Texas, on Tuesday.

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"Jerry Brown work with the administration and send members of the National Guard to help secure the southern border", White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said. Gen. Michael McGuire called ground-based missions, without providing details.

Abbott said Thursday that he was waiting for instructions from the federal government but that his understanding was that the troops "will in no way be involved in any type of apprehension or confrontation process".

Instead, the National Guard troops would support Border Patrol agents charged with law enforcement on the border, Ducey said at a press conference Friday at the Border Patrol station in Nogales.

"Stunningly, and disturbingly, there's been an increase of more than 200 percent of MS-13 coming across the border", Abbott said. Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush also sent troops to the border, with mixed results.

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.

Brown said Wednesday that the California troops can not guard anyone in custody for immigration violations, participate in construction of border barriers or have any other supporting role in immigration enforcement.

Obama's deployment, called Operation Phalanx, lasted from July 2010 to September 2011. The Laredo Border Patrol sector says it would welcome the help. He did not elaborate on the Guard's specific assignments or how troops would be insulated against immigration work. "This is really unprecedented, for the chief law enforcement officer of the United States to come out to California and act more like Fox News than a law enforcement officer", Brown said at the time.

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