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.”
CALIFORNIA CHAOS: Federal Judge SIDES WITH TRUMP on Border Wall Construction
President Trump’s proposed border wall with Mexico got one step closer to construction this week, with a federal judge ruling against environmental activists and the state of California who challenged the physical barrier; claiming the “wall” would severely harm the region’s ecosystem.
US District Court Judge Gonzalo Curiel ruled in favor of the Trump administration; swiping down a case that claimed a “border wall” would seriously violate existing environmental protection laws.
The President hailed the court’s decision on social media Wednesday morning, writing “I have decided that sections of the Wall that California wants built NOW will not be built until the whole Wall is approved. Big victory yesterday with ruling from the courts that allows us to proceed. OUR COUNTRY MUST HAVE BORDER SECURITY!”
I have decided that sections of the Wall that California wants built NOW will not be built until the whole Wall is approved. Big victory yesterday with ruling from the courts that allows us to proceed. OUR COUNTRY MUST HAVE BORDER SECURITY!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 28, 2018
California Attorney General Xavier Becerra slammed the court’s ruling, accusing the Trump administration of committing “federal overreach.”
“A medieval wall along the U.S.-Mexico border simply does not belong in the 21st century,” Becerra said.
BORDER BLOODSHED: US Agents 'BASHED' with Rocks, One Dead
Border Patrol Officer killed at Southern Border, another badly hurt. We will seek out and bring to justice those responsible. We will, and must, build the Wall!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 20, 2017