Texas Governor Greg Abbott told members of the state’s National Guard that their presence will strengthen border security and make a meaningful difference. The governor ordered 1,400 Texas National Guardsmen to the border in response to President Donald Trumps call for additional security measures.
Border Patrol agents in the Del Rio Sector welcomed advance planning teams of the Texas National Guard as part of Operation Guardian Support.
WESLACO, Texas - Gov. Greg Abbott received a border security briefing Thursday and met with Texas National Guard troops who will be involved in fighting illegal immigration and drug trafficking in the Rio Grande Valley region.
STARR COUNTY, Tex. — The soldier stood on a cliff above the swift green waters of the Rio Grande, peering into the brush with binoculars, an M-4 carbine rifle at his chest, a 9-millimeter pistol in a holster low on his thigh. The rainstorm was over, but a thick layer of mud lined the bottom of his combat boots.
President Donald Trump will be directing the departments of Defense and Homeland Security to deploy the National Guard to the southwest border. A former Border Patrol Chief, from El Paso says he sees the military's role as look-out post.
Along the Rio Grande in Starr County, Texas (CNN)They have rifles and pistols but the Texas National Guard troops on the Rio Grande are on the border with Mexico only as physical deterrents and observers, a soldier told CNN on Tuesday from an observation post overlooking the river.
Grif Jenkins (Fox News) on Texas National Guard Border Mission
On April 4, 2018, President Donald Trump signed a memorandum directing the secretary of Defense to ask state governors to use the National Guard to provide assistance to DHS “in securing the southern border and taking other necessary actions to stop the flow of deadly drugs and other contraband, gang members and other criminals, and illegal aliens into this country.
Abbott told San Antonio radio station KTSA on Monday that the state will add around 300 Guard members a week.
A Pentagon memo says the troops will not be used for law enforcement, and will be armed only if required for self defense.
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