Trump gets 1600 troops for Mexico border

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He said the country should be focusing on security and economic cooperation "without further militarizing border communities".

But critics, including Rep. Raul Grijalva, D-Arizona, said a military deployment was more likely to "do irreversible damage" than improve the situation on the border. The other southwestern border state, California, is led by Democratic Gov.

The governor says some Guard members may be armed if they are posted to locations where they could face danger.

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Texas will increase its number of Guardsmen by about 300 per week until "fully staffed up", Abbott said. SC sent troops to the border during Operation Jump Start, the border deployment ordered by Bush in 2006.

McMaster says he plans to make a similar offer to Arizona's Republican governor. They'd be the primary of an anticipated 250 Guard members from New Mexico to serve on the border.

Officials also say soldiers serving in the border operation will require training and background checks.

The Republican governors of Texas, Arizona and New Mexico on Monday committed 1,600 Guard members to the border, giving President Donald Trump numerous troops he requested to fight what he has called a crisis of migrant crossings and crime.

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Across all border states, "the goal is to have at least 4,000 deployed here in about a month or two", the Republican governor said Monday during a radio interview with KTSA.

There is not a end date for the deployment, Abbott talked about: "We may be on this for the prolonged haul".

But Abbott said he wanted to "downplay the notion" that the National Guard would be "trying to take on anybody that's coming across the border".

The moves are part of President TrumpDonald John TrumpChinese president vows to "significantly lower" auto import tariff amid trade dispute McConnell sends warning over nomination votes Kudlow confronted over attacks on Obama deficit after rejecting CBO's projections on Trump budget MORE's recent call to send the National Guard to defend the southern border against migrants and drug trafficking.

Trump said last week he wants to send 2,000 to 4,000 National Guard members to the border, issuing a proclamation citing "the lawlessness that continues at our southern border".

Speaking Monday with reporters after addressing the troops, Ducey said the deployment isn't politically motivated, even as he claimed there is finally an administration in Washington that cares about the border.

The National Guard will act as support for Border Patrol rather than taking a "law enforcement role", according to a statement from Customs and Border Protection.