Rancher welcomes National Guard troops

Rancher welcomes National Guard troops

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey says 225 members of the state's National Guard are heading to the U.S. -Mexico border to support President Donald Trump's call for troops to fight drug trafficking and illegal immigration.

Ducey initially said Arizona would send more troops on Tuesday but did not specify how many.

South Carolina Adjutant General Robert Livingston says details including how many troops the state will send, their duties and how long they will stay will have to be worked out.

Some Guard members will be armed if they are placed in potential danger, Abbott said.

Hull says the troops could help with air support, surveillance and repairs of infrastructure along the border. "Our National Guard will be able to fully defend themselves", Abbott stated.

The US state of Arizona is deploying an additional 113 National Guard troops to the southern border to boost local law enforcement in countering narcotics and human trafficking and joining the core 225 already stationed there, media reported citing official statements.

The action comes less than a week after President Donald Trump called for a military presence along the Mexican border to help the Department of Homeland Security tackle "illegal drugs, unsafe gang activity and extensive illegal immigration".

Texas agencies posted images over the weekend of Guard members arriving at the border.

Trump's call for sending troops to the border came after he was heavily criticized by his supporters for passing a federal budget that only allocated $1.6 billion for border security.

A Defense Department memo said the National Guard members will not perform law enforcement functions or "interact with migrants or other persons detained" without Mattis's approval.

Brown has repeatedly fought with Trump over immigration policy.

On Monday, a U.S. Customs and Border Protection Blackhawk helicopter was in in the Roma area.

Grijalva said deploying troops send the wrong message to Mexico and to America.

Ducey told reporters later that the deployments are needed to stop a surge of border crossings since March and accused the USA government of previously ignoring the border "for almost a decade". That would be larger than when President Obama deployed 1500 troops and smaller than President Bush's deployment fo 6000.

In California, Brown's spokesman, Evan Westrup, said Monday that state officials are still reviewing Trump's troop request. New Mexico's Republican governor has said her state will take part in the operation, but hasn't announced a deployment.

"The state of Arizona must not be used as a political pawn that will leave visitors questioning the safety of our state", he said in his letter to Ducey.

No details were immediately announced on what the Arizona troops would do at the border.

Texas has also said it will send National Guard members to the border.