National Guard troops headed for West Texas to restore 'control'

Sergio Conner
April 14, 2018

The main objective is to provide support for the Department of Homeland Security's mission to secure the U.S. -Mexico border, with a mission end-date of September 30.

The U.S. Border Patrol's Tucson sector will host a press conference in Nogales Friday afternoon regarding Operation Guardian Shield.

"It's also not a permanent solution. Jerry Brown work with the administration and send members of the National Guard to help secure the Southern border".

Karisch said that in Arizona the number of apprehensions has climbed just as they have across much of the border.

"Importantly, they relieved agents of more administrative tasks so they could return to patrol and enforcement duties". Texas National Guard troops will assist Customs and Border Patrol in surveillance and support roles.

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

President Trump still expressed gratitude to Brown for agreeing to participate, calling it a good move for the safety of our country. The troops will help agents with aerial support, road maintenance projects, and by operating camera systems. A Defense Department memo states the National Guard personnel will not perform law enforcement functions or "interact with migrants or other persons detained" without Mattis' approval.

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"We don't know yet what the total cost of his financial operation will be", General Joseph L. Lengyel, of the National Guard Bureau, said.

On Wednesday, Sessions was in Las Cruces, New Mexico, where he spoke at an annual meeting of the Texas Border Sheriff's Coalition.

Meanwhile, the first members of the National Guard in Texas have already made their way to the U.S-Mexico border. It will be added eyes and ears for Border Patrol that will make the arrests. In his letter, Brown points out that there isn't a wave of illegal immigrants crossing the border.

In contrast, Texas Republican Gov. Greg Abbott, who is contributing 1,000 troops, embraced Trump's mission the day it was announced, saying it would promote the rule of law and "help ensure we are doing everything we can to stem the flow of illegal immigration".

The new contingent of California Guard members being deployed could be posted at the border, the coast and elsewhere statewide, Brown said.

President George W. Bush and President Obama both sent guardsmen to the southern border during their terms.

Brown said California's troops would join an existing program to combat transnational drug crime, firearms smuggling and human trafficking.

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