State Representative Blasts Trump's Plan to Deploy National Guard to Border

Daily Texan Staff

A Defense Department memo states the National Guard personnel will not perform law enforcement functions or "interact with migrants or other persons detained" without Mattis' approval.

This is not the first time the governor has sent the National Guard to the border.

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.

In coordination with the Department of Homeland Security, 762 Texas National Guard troops have been deployed and are now stationed at the U.S. -Mexico border.

The National Guard, Arthur said, has the authority to construct the tents on the border, giving immigration officials temporary detention centers where illegal aliens and border-crossers can be housed while they await their immigration trials, rather than being released into the U.S.

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The Democratic governor broke a week of silence Wednesday by agreeing to contribute 400 troops, though not all will be on the border.

Calling border security a "top priority" in which Texas "has stepped up to answer the call", Abbott said, "The addition of National Guard troops to aid Customs and Border Patrol will serve to strengthen border security, and their presence will make a meaningful difference".

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

Attorney General Jeff Sessions says, "I've ordered each United States attorney's office along the southwest border to have a zero tolerance policy toward illegal entry".

Not only will there be further support for enforcement on the border, but also potentially tougher prosecution in federal courtrooms in relation to immigration cases.

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"Ultimately, our objective of this mission is to surge badges to the border, put more enforcement agents out there", McGuire said. Another report shows a 37 percent increase of the same infraction from February to March of this year.

Immigration advocacy groups were critical, saying Brown's support was a boost for Trump's agenda. The coalition is comprised of 31 different sheriff's departments from Arizona, New Mexico, California and Texas. In his letter, Brown points out that there isn't a wave of illegal immigrants crossing the border. Martinez was born in Santa Rita, New Mexico near North Hurley.

"This operation is necessary in order to deal with the escalation of cross border traffic", he said.

In this frame from a video, a member of the National Guard watches over Rio Grande River on the border in Roma, Texas, on Tuesday. Had the governor fought the president, California might have lost the ability to ensure those Guard members are used constructively.

Instead, Gonzalez proposes to use the federal dollars to hire more Border Patrol agents and buy them more advanced equipment.

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