Arizona Sends 225 National Guard troops to border

Phoenix – Arizona Governor, Doug Ducey announced that 225 members of the Arizona National Guard were heading the the Mexican border in support of President Trumps call for troops to fight drug trafficking and illegal immigration. More troops are expected to be deployed throughout the week.

Last week Governor Ducey released a statement in response to Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen’s announcement that the administration will deploy National Guard to enhance border security efforts:

“Arizona welcomes the deployment of National Guard to the border,” Governor Ducey said. “Washington has ignored this issue for too long and help is needed. For Arizona, it’s all about public safety. I’ve been in touch with Secretary Nielsen multiple times this week, and we will cooperate fully with the administration on this effort. Since 2015, Arizona’s Border Strike Force has demonstrated the success that can come when state, local and federal law enforcement partner to protect our border. Anything we can do to further bolster these efforts is good news for Arizona and for our national security. I look forward to working closely with federal officials on this important issue.”

Texas and New Mexico have also responded to Trumps request for National Guard troops. No word, however, from California Governor, Jerry Brown.

Defense Secretary James Mattis has approved paying for up to 4,000 National Guard personnel from the the Pentagon budget through September.