Texas Gov. Abbott: We Want to Ensure Border Is Secure

Texas Gov. Abbott: We Want to Ensure Border Is Secure

Texas Gov. Abbott: We Want to Ensure Border Is Secure

A very powerful dedication comes from Texas, the place Gov. Greg Abbott suggested San Antonio radio station KTSA that he would add about 300 troops each week until the complete amount reaches not lower than 1,000 troops.

The Governor made sure to add these conditions, "But let's be crystal clear on the scope of this mission".

"(Your) mission is to provide manpower and resources to support federal, state, and county law enforcement agencies, tribal and local, to stop the flow of criminals, narcotics, weapons and ammunition that are being trafficked to our state".

In the Texas border town of Roma, about a half-dozen uniformed Guard members were seen Tuesday near an worldwide bridge along the Rio Grande.

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One Guard member was armed with an M4 rifle and used binoculars to peer across the river. Organizers said they never meant to go to the US border. He further clarified that overall immigrant apprehensions on the border last year were as low as they've been in almost 50 years with 85 percent of those detained taking place outside of California.

Texas, meanwhile, has sent 250 National Guard troops to the U.S. -Mexico border since Trump made the announcement. Pickup trucks with Guard members inside circled the town square along with border patrol vehicles.

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Monthly border arrests surpassed 50,000 in March for the first time since December 2016.

Joel Villarreal, the mayor of Rio Grande City in Texas, said he did not agree with what he characterized as "the militarization of the border". That's why the state and the Guard have long supported this important work and agreed to similar targeted assistance in 2006 under President Bush and in 2010 under President Obama.

The National Guard will take over some Border Patrol functions and "we will now have more front line Border Patrol, patrolling the region, keeping it safe, making sure we're going to have the boots on the ground, as well as the technology and the assets on the ground".

Mexico's foreign relations secretary said his government is evaluating its cooperation with the United States.

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