Arizona Governor Doug Ducey announced Monday his plans to deploy at least 225 members of the Arizona National Guard to the US-Mexico border; adding he supports President Trump’s decision to use the US military to help secure the region and clampdown on illegal immigration.
According to the Associated Press, Ducey said most troops will be deployed Tuesday but added more personnel will be sent as needed.
The State of Texas also backed President Trump’s call-to-action along the United States’ southern border; deploying 250 troops and dozens of helicopters to help federal agents battle human and drug smuggling throughout the region.
On Friday, Defense Secretary James Mattis approved the federal government to fund at least 4,000 National Guard members to the border states, but added they will not directly “interact with migrants or other persons detained” without direct permission from the Pentagon.
It remains unclear if the liberal State of California plans to comply with the President’s decision, with officials saying any request for troops will be “promptly reviewed to determine how best we can assist our federal partners.”