Arizona, Texas poised to send National Guard to border

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 John TrumpBill Kristol resurfaces video of Pence calling Obama executive action on immigration a 'profound mistake' ACLU says planned national emergency declaration is 'clear abuse of presidential power' O'Rourke says he'd 'absolutely' take down border wall near El Paso if he could 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 MattisOvernight Defense: Trump to sign funding deal, declare national emergency | Shanahan says allies will be consulted on Afghanistan | Dem demands Khashoggi documents Does ‘limited war’ mean limited risks for aggressors? US-led coalition says it struck Syrian mosque used by ISIS 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 PerryJames (Rick) Richard PerryThe Hill's 12:30 Report: State of the Union takeaways | Sights and sounds from the night | Virginia attorney general admits he wore blackface Energy Secretary Rick Perry is designated survivor for 2019 State of the Union Live coverage: Trump delivers State of the Union 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.