Texas sends 250 National Guard troops to Mexico border


The Texas National Guard has begun deploying troops to help secure the state’s southern border with Mexico as President Donald Trump has been unable to get the U.S. Congress or Mexico to fully fund his proposed wall along the border.

The deployment, announced on Friday by Texas officials, comes after Trump directed Defense Secretary James Mattis to request the use of National Guard personnel to help the Department of Homeland Security secure the border in four southwestern U.S. states, including Texas.  

Mattis on Friday authorized the funding for up to 4,000 National Guard troops for the operation through Sept. 30, a Department of Defense memo showed.

The troops will be under the “command and control” of their respective governors, it said.

Trump has failed so far to persuade either the Mexican government or the U.S. Congress to fully fund a wall he wants to build along the border. Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto on Thursday sharply rebuked Trump over the plan.

The Texas Army National Guard said 250 guardsmen along with aircraft, vehicles and surveillance equipment were to be deployed along the state’s border with Mexico within the next 72 hours.

Exact details of the mission, including the total number of troops to be deployed and the cost, were yet to be determined, Brigadier General Tracy Norris, commander of the Texas Army National Guard, told a news conference.

The National Guard has operated along the border for decades. About 100 members of the Texas Military Department are currently assigned along the border in an “observe and report” role, Norris noted.

In Arizona, some 150 National Guard members will be sent to the border next week, Arizona Governor Doug Ducey said in a Tweet on Friday.

The Department of Homeland Security has identified security vulnerabilities that could be addressed by the National Guard, Mattis and Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen said in a joint statement on Friday.

Nielsen said this week that the troops would not be involved in law enforcement.

In a supporting role, possibly for aerial reconnaissance, the Guard will help U.S. Customs and Border Protection personnel with stopping illegal immigrants from entering the country, Nielsen said.

In keeping with a theme he often invoked as a candidate in 2016 and has continually returned to since taking office, Republican Trump has sharpened his anti-immigrant rhetoric, warning that illegal immigrants threaten U.S. safety and jobs.

“It sounds to me more like political rhetoric than something that is actually needed on our border,” Representative Vicente Gonzalez, a Texas Democrat whose district includes the border city of McAllen, told the New York Times.


6 thoughts on “Texas sends 250 National Guard troops to Mexico border

  1. “About 100 members of the Texas Military Department are currently assigned along the border in an “observe and report” role, Norris noted.”

    Geeez, 100 members there already to observe and report. Like this is gonna frighten the invaders back over the border. Another show to appease the angry Americans, imo.

    Not going to be solved until we, those truly concerned, and that do care about the welfare of family and friends do something. Govt. does not care about what happens to you and I.

  2. What they’re building up to here is telling the American people that there’s just no way to secure the border.

    Congress won’t fund the wall, governors will be pulling their guard troops away, etc. etc.

    Why don’t you get your useless asses out of the way and let the American people secure the border? The invasion will end in a week.

  3. Don’t be so naive. They’re not protecting the border, they’re escorting the illegals in and keeping them from leaving.

  4. Someone needs to be on the ground down there telling us the TRUTH

    because theres no trusting MSM, or the Government

    we need a patriot from that area that gives a shit ..someone.. talk to us
    personally, Im not asking something from someone that I wouldn’t do myself, If I were living in that area or happen to be in that area
    weekends, nights, after work .. hey what ever it took to get FACTS

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