Three states give President Trump many of the National Guard troops he wants to fight what he calls a crisis of migrant crossings and crime. The only holdout border state so far is California.
The Republican governors of three southwestern border states on Monday committed 1,600 National Guard members to the U.S.-Mexico border, giving President Trump many of the troops he requested to fight what he’s called a crisis of migrant crossings and crime, the Associated Press reports. Arizona, New Mexico and Texas all made new pledges that add up to almost half of the up to 4,000 troops Trump requested. Some Guard members started arriving at the border as states and the federal government officials continued to discuss what they will do.
The only holdout border state was California, led by Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown, who has not announced whether troops from his state’s National Guard will participate. Brown has repeatedly fought with Trump over immigration policy. Under the law Trump invoked in his proclamation calling for National Guard troops, governors who send troops retain command and control over their state’s Guard members and the U.S. government picks up the cost. Trump said last week he wants to send 2,000 to 4,000 National Guard members to the border, issuing a proclamation citing “the lawlessness that continues at our southern border.” Administration officials have said that rising numbers of people being caught at the southern border, while in line with seasonal trends in recent years, require an immediate response. Apprehensions are still well below their historical trends during the terms of presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama, both of whom also deployed the Guard to the border.