Border states pledge 1600 troops for President Trump's border fight

National guard troops

The only holdout border state was California, led by Democratic Governor Jerry Brown, who has not announced whether troops from his state's National Guard will participate and has repeatedly fought with Mr Trump over immigration policy.

"Your support will free up the border agents to serve on the border allowing us to put more boots on the ground", Ducey said. He added that there isn't a fixed date for the troops' deployment and they could be stationed for "long haul". "But it certainly is about border security".

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

Trump has talked about he wishes to utilize the military on the border until progress is made on his proposed border wall, which has principally stalled in Congress. Safety Secretary James Mattis last Friday authorised paying for as a lot as 4,000 Nationwide Guard personnel from the Pentagon value vary by way of the tip of September.

The Arizona deployment comes after Defense Secretary James Mattisauthorized 4,000 National Guard troops on Friday to help with security on the USA border with Mexico.

McMaster was one of Trump's earliest supporters in the 2016 Republican presidential primary but said there was nothing political about the deployment. Hull says the troops could help with air support, surveillance and repairs of infrastructure along the border so that Border Patrol agents have more time to enforce immigration law.

The deployment came after Texas National Guard commander Brigadier General Tracy Norris announced on Friday that she was moving 250 troops to the state's own border with Mexico within 72 hours, "with supporting aircraft, vehicles and equipment".

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Members of the Arizona National Guard listen to instructions on April 9, 2018, at the Papago Park Military Reservation in Phoenix.

If 4,000 troops were deployed, that would be about double the current USA military presence in Syria and about half as many as the number of U.S. troops in Iraq.

After plunging at the start of Trump's presidency, the numbers of migrants apprehended at the southwest border have started to rise in line with historical trends.

National Guard troops were also sent to the border to assist by President George W. Bush in 2006 and President Barack Obama in 2010.

The Republican Ducey in a tweet Monday said more of the state's Guard members will be deployed on Tuesday. Evan Westrup, a spokesman for Brown, suggested the Related Press Monday that state officers are nonetheless reviewing Trump's troop request.

"It's not good for business, to be frank with you", Villarreal said.

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