National Guard and the border: Letter to the editor


Faced with an either-or choice, California Gov.

"Your funding for new staffing will allow the Guard to do what it does best: support operations targeting transnational criminal gangs, human traffickers and illegal firearm and drug smugglers along the border, the coast and throughout the state", Brown wrote.

"This will not be a mission to build a new wall", Brown wrote, referring to Trump's oft-stated goal of building a border wall. "And the California National Guard will not be enforcing federal immigration laws". President Trump has called for up to 4,000 all along the U.S. -Mexico border.

This isn't the first time a president has deployed the National Guard along the Arizona-Mexico border.

The troops will not be armed unless they are in circumstances that might require self-defense. Nevada Republican Gov. Brian Sandoval (R), came out against the deployment order. President Trump mentioned that troops were being deployed during an unrelated meeting with Baltic leaders early last week.

According to media reports, the caravan was organized by the nonprofit group Pueblo Sin Fronteras to support Central American migrants seeking asylum in both Mexico and the United States. By the next day, the Homeland Security Secretary was outlining the plan to deploy troops at the White House Press Briefing. Compared to historic figures, however, crossings are still low.

Troops are already stationed at the Texas-Mexico border.

"The security of our southern border is a top priority, and Texas has stepped up to answer the call", said Governor Abbott.

President George W. Bush sent 6,000 personnel and four years laters, President Barack Obama deployed almost 2,000 troops in response to increased drug violence.