Arizona and Texas are moving to send hundreds of National Guard troops to the U.S.-Mexico border within days as part of President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump announces new social media network called 'TRUTH Social' Virginia State Police investigating death threat against McAuliffe Meadows hires former deputy AG to represent him in Jan. 6 probe: report MORE's push to shore up the area until his proposed wall is built.
Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey (R) announced Friday afternoon on Twitter that he would be sending around 150 Guard troops to the U.S.-Mexico border.
Meanwhile, the Texas Military Department, which oversees the state’s National Guard, announced it would have 250 personnel and supporting aircraft, vehicles and equipment on the border with Mexico within 72 hours.
Trump on Wednesday signed a presidential memorandum directing Defense Secretary James MattisJames Norman MattisThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Senate nears surprise deal on short-term debt ceiling hike Overnight Defense & National Security — Pentagon chiefs to Congress: Don't default Pentagon chiefs say debt default could risk national security MORE to support the Department of Homeland Security in securing the southern border to address a “surge of illegal activity,” including drug trafficking and illegal immigration.
The document does not specify how long or in what capacity the troops will serve.
The “lawlessness” at the southern border is “fundamentally incompatible with the safety, security, and sovereignty of the American people” and the administration “has no choice but to act,” the document states.
The president told reporters on Thursday that he wants to send between 2,000 and 4,000 National Guardsmen to the border.
That is lower than the 6,000 Guard troops former President George W. Bush sent in 2006 and the 1,200 former President Obama sent in 2010.
Former Texas Gov. Rick PerryRick PerryRepublicans are the 21st-century Know-Nothing Party College football move rocks Texas legislature Trump tries to spin failed Texas endorsement: 'This was a win' MORE (R) also sent the Guard to the border to help secure it in 2014.
Details are still scarce on the cost of the endeavor and the role the troops will have.
The Pentagon’s chief spokeswoman Dana White told reporters Thursday that the Guard’s efforts at the border will “act in support of border patrol agents who are performing law enforcement duties,” and will include aviation, engineering, surveillance, communications and vehicle maintenance.
Updated: 8:18 p.m.