Governor Brown Agrees to Deploy Troops at Trump's Request

US: Red Border-States Pledge 1600 Troops, California Holds Out

"It will not be a mission to round up women and children or detain people escaping violence and seeking a better life", Brown wrote in a letter to Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen and Defense Secretary James N. Mattis.

On Saturday, five planners from the National Guard arrived in the Laredo border patrol sector, where they heard requests and operational input from Burwell and his staff. "And the California National Guard will not be enforcing federal immigration laws".

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The Laredo section of the Texas-Mexico border spans 170 miles and contains no walls or fences.

A Customs and Border Patrol agent patrols the worldwide border Tuesday, April 10, 2018 near Nogales, Ariz.

The California Guard program now employs 250 personnel, including 55 at the California border with Mexico.

The National Guard troops in Arizona would provide manpower and resources to support agencies in stopping the flow of criminals, drugs, weapons and ammunition that are trafficked into Arizona, according to Ducey.

The Laredo border patrol sector has requested 270 National Guard troops, which Burwell expects will arrive "very soon", though he did not have a precise date.

But even though each state that borders Mexico has agreed to deploy its guardsmen, questions remain regarding their objective and mission.

"If [they] feel in their best interest to be armed, we will not inhibit that", McGuire said. "More eyes in the sky for us, more help on the ground, more behind-the-scenes type stuff is a really big deal for us".

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

Brown said the additional members would contribute to the guard's ongoing efforts, which include "targeting transnational criminal gangs, human traffickers and illegal firearm and drug smugglers along the border, the coast and throughout the state".

In a statement, DHS spokeswoman Katie Waldman said Secretary Nielsen "is pleased to have the support of all four border governors to help secure our southwest border".

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