Trump vows to send 2000 to 4000 troops to Mexican border

Arizona governor announces plans to send 150 National Guard members to border

Also on Friday, the Texas Military Department tweeted that the National Guard was prepping "to deploy to Texas - Mexico border".

Trump responded on Thursday, using Mexico's crime rate - specifically rape - as a reason to prevent Central Americans from migrating to the United States via caravans.

FILE - In this June 8, 2006, file photo, members of the National Guard work on construction of a border wall at the U.S. -Mexico border next to San Luis Rio Colorado, Mexico. This leaves open the possibility that California's Brown could turn him down.

"It is imperative that this administration sit down with leaders in Congress on both sides of the aisle who want real solutions to our immigration challenges, rather than using political ploys to fire up President Trump's base and distract from growing controversy", Carper said.

Defense Secretary James Mattis Friday night approved paying for up to 4,000 National Guard personnel from the Pentagon budget through the end of September.

The memo set out that troops would not carry out law enforcement activities without the defense secretary's approval and would be armed only in "circumstances that might require self-defense".

Trump's initial announcement earlier this week received serious backlash from rights groups, as well as his Mexican counterpart, President Enrique Peña Nieto.

President Donald Trump's plan to deploy National Guard troops to the Mexican border has drawn resistance from several Democratic governors and Nevada's Republican governor.

Trump's proclamation blamed "the lawlessness that continues at our southern border".

Bill Richardson sent National Guard units to the Mexican border in 2010 to combat drugs and violence, but the Democrat says President Donald Trump's pledge to send troops for immigration control is a "terrible idea".




The Border Patrol said it caught around 50,000 people in March, more than three times the number in March 2017.

In a memo asking for more hiring authorities obtained by CNN last year, now-Commissioner Kevin McAleenan laid out the difficulties of hiring, concluding that optimistic estimates show it would still take five to 10 years to hire the 5,000 additional agents Trump has sought.

As far as National Guard troops go, not much yet.

Mr Trump wants illegal immigrants to be held in detention while they wait to hear if they will be deported, instead of being freed.

Those details were still being worked out with DHS and US Customs and Border Enforcement, Norris told reporters. Its second mission in 2010 and 2011 involved more aerial surveillance and intelligence work.

The Arizona National Guard also announced on Friday that it had activated a team of planners who would coordinate the deployment of 150 Guardsmen to the border next week.

The troops will provide air, reconnaissance, operational and logistics support and construct border infrastructure. And, so far, officials there have been tight-lipped about whether they'll deploy National Guard troops.

The document does not specify how long or in what capacity the troops will serve.

Texas already has 100 Guardsmen deployed as part of an existing state mission at the border. Border apprehensions still remain well below the numbers when Mr Bush and Mr Obama deployed the Guard to the border.

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