A&G In-Studio: National Guard Sent to the Border

It’s official.

President Trump  authorizing the deployment of National Guard troops to the border with Mexico to combat illegal immigration, contending that the situation had reached a, quote, "point of crisis." 

The declaration said, the security of the U.S. is "imperiled by a drastic surge of illegal activity on the southern border."  

As for how many guard troops are heading south, that’s not clear. 

Regarding the number of guard troops to used, D.H.S. Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen says there will be “as many as are needed” to fill gaps along the southwest border. 

Nielsen said the National Guard troops could be  deployed "immediately".  

Meanwhile, officials across the southwest are on the fence about putting National Guard troops on the U.S.-Mexico border.  

In a statement, California National Guard spokesman Lieutenant Tom Keegan, says "we look forward to more detail, including funding, duration and end state."  

The Republican governors in Texas and Arizona have both agreed to the deployment, but California's Democratic Governor Jerry Brown has opposed the Trump Administration on several issues.

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