Trump directs troops deployed to border

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President Donald Trump signed a memorandum to deploy troops to the U.S. -Mexico border to fight illegal immigration, officials said.

The White House said the move would tighten security at the southern border and help local officials combat drug crime and illegal immigration.

"Military troops don't belong at the border; there is no security crisis and this deployment wastes valuable time and resources".

According to a congressional aide, the lawmakers guess it out that about 300 to 1,200 troops may be deployed and that the cost was expected to be around Dollars 60 million to USD 120 million a year. Opponents may not be able to prevent the president from calling on their state National Guard troops if Trump employs a federal law. "We're going to have a relationship on NAFTA, we're going to have to include security in NAFTA". The US Border Patrol also backs the president's action.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, also a Republican, echoed Ducey's support in a statement released Wednesday evening saying Trump's move "reinforces Texas' longstanding commitment to secure our southern border and uphold the rule of law".

"Twice before, the President has used National Guard troops on the southwest border", Hawkins said. In a statement offered on behalf of the governor's office, a spokesman for the California National Guard, Lt. Col. Tom Keegan said the request from the Department of Homeland Security "will be promptly reviewed" by state officials.

"The residents feel like in a lot of cases, they've just been abandoned", said Dr. Branard.

Former President Bush, President Obama, Governor Rick Perry, and now President Trump responded with the deployment of the National Guard in 2006, 2010, 2014 and 2018.

Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sander tells reporters that regardless of what California decides "we'll continue moving forward with the other border states".

New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez, a Republican, said she appreciated the Trump administration's efforts to involve states in the effort to better secure the border. And the president wants this presence of military troops on the border to act as a deterrent so that if they come, they'll - it will be harder to cross.

But the president has claimed that the flow of migrants over the border is a national security threat that needs to be addressed.

The good news is that, to activate the National Guard, the Trump administration will need the help of governors.

USA officials say they have not determined yet whether National Guard troops sent to the border with Mexico to fight illegal immigration will be armed.

The move comes following news last week that a thousands-strong "caravan" of migrants, mostly from Honduras and organized by activists from Pueblo Sin Fronteras (People WIthout Borders), had been making its way toward the USA border through Mexico. Some of the first sent under Bush's two-year deployment were from Utah.

Ruing that the system rewards bad behavior, she said it does not punish law breakers.

According to USA federal laws, the military are prohibited from being used for law enforcement.

President Trump has suggested that he could use money allocated for the military to construct the border wall for which he has so far been unable to secure congressional funding.

Governors of the four US states bordering Mexico were largely supportive of the move.

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