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Texas governor pledges 1000 National Guard troops to US-Mexico border

Texas governor pledges 1000 National Guard troops to US-Mexico border

But Mr Videgaray said "no decision has been taken to reduce or suspend any mechanism or cooperation".

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions is scheduled to visit southern New Mexico and speak at a conference for sheriffs in border states.

Another 113 Guardsmen will follow Tuesday.

But critics, including Rep. Raul Grijalva, D-Arizona, said a military deployment was more likely to "do irreversible damage" than improve the situation on the border.

The Southwest Border Sheriff's Coalition is made up of 31 sheriff's departments from Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and California whose counties are located within 25 miles (40 kilometers) of the U.S. -Mexico border.

Nationwide Border Patrol Council president on how the Nationwide Guard will help brokers go after smugglers. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said he would commit at least 1,000 guardsmen. But Napier, a Republican, said such fears have been allayed.

New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez's office said it would be deploying 250 guardsmen, including 80 later this week.

While Guardmembers will be armed, they will not perform law enforcement duties.

Although Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen has declined to indicate how long the operation might last, Trump said last week that he expected to keep the units "or a large portion of them, until such time as we get the wall".

The troop pledges are in response to President Donald Trump's plan to use the military to help fight illegal immigration and drug trafficking.

In Arizona, the state Nationwide Guard launched it was boosting the number of troops it's going to ship to the border to 338 from 225.

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Ducey argues these troops are needed in southern Arizona.

Ducey did not dispute that apprehensions along the Arizona-Mexico border are nonetheless as low as they've been in decades. New Mexico says it will. California is undecided.

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

The images shared by the Texas Military Department which includes Guard branches showed members dressed in military fatigues shaking hands with USA border agents.

Brown has repeatedly fought with Trump over immigration protection. It's not clear when they will head to the border.

The Arivaca area rancher says that in recent months she's seen an increase in the number of undocumented immigrants coming across her land.

That's according to Gov. Evan Westrup, a spokesman for Brown, suggested the Related Press Monday that state officers are nonetheless reviewing Trump's troop request.

Ducey spoke Monday as he saw off guard members at the Papago Park Military Reservation in Phoenix. "The Guard will provide air support, reconnaissance support, operational support, construction of border infrastructure and logistical support". Under the federal law President Trump invoked in his proclamation calling for National Guard troops, governors retain command and control over their state's Guard members.

"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.

Texas has also said it will send National Guard members to the border. But the ministry said it will be watching to make sure the border does not become more militarized than it already is.

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