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Texas dispatches 250 National Guard troops to the southern border

April 10, 2018  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Texas dispatches 250 National Guard troops to the southern border

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250 Texas National Guard troops deploying to U.S.-Mexico border

Texas is dispatching 250 members of the National Guard to the southern border in response to a request from President Trump.

The decision by Brigadier General Tracy Norris, the commander of the Texas Army National Guard, took place after the president’s proclamation to mobilize the units under the power of Title 32 law.

Norris said that the deployment is being federally funded, but the soldiers and airmen are under the authority of the State of Texas, according to KXAN.

“This notification will allow Guardsmen, soldiers, and airmen, to notify families and employers in preparation to deploy as early as next week,” Norris said. “The requirements of Homeland Security’s needs in support of Customs and Border Patrol and other federal entities will dictate what the [mission] will be.”

Norris added that soldiers and airmen with National Guard may be armed for self-defense purposes, but this will “will depend on the mission and what the requirements are through the Department of Homeland Security.”

Texas National Guard helicopter crews started to deploy on Friday.

This is not the first time Texas Guardsmen have been dispatched to the border. In 2014, former Governor Rick Perry ordered roughly 1,000 soldiers and airmen to report along the Texas border.

The Texas Guardsmen will be accompanied by Guardsmen from New Mexico and Arizona, according to Breitbart News.

California Governor Jerry Brown has not replied to the Department of Homeland Security on whether his state will join efforts to secure the border.

After the president’s request for the National Guard to be sent to the border, Texas Governor Greg Abbott quickly replied, “My top priority is ensuring the safety and security of Texans, and securing our border has always been essential to that mission.”

“In my time as Governor, Texas has maintained a continuous presence of National Guard members along the border, and we’ve added hundreds of Department of Public Safety troopers to the region,” Abbott said. “Today’s action by the Trump Administration reinforces Texas’ commitment to secure our border and uphold the Rule of Law, and I welcome the support. Going forward, Texas will implement robust border security efforts, and this partnership will ensure we are doing everything to stem the flow of illegal immigration.”

Abbott also noted that Trump’s decision is consistent with previous National Guard border deployments by Presidents Bush in 2006 and Obama in 2010.

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