Guard troops heading to US-Mexico border next week

The Latest: No Word Yet if Troops on Border Will Be Armed

Trump may keep National Guard at Mexican border until wall is built

After plunging at the start of his presidency, the numbers of migrants apprehended at the southwest border have started to rise in line with historical trends.

Congress has largely refused to fund Trump's full request for the wall.

"This deployment has begun with the movement of equipment and troops today".

Texas made a similar announcement Friday.

Richardson says the move was effective in restoring calm along the U.S.

Governor Reynolds office clarified that it had not received any requests for troops as of yet and had no specific deployment plans.

Gov. Doug Ducey announced the troop call-up in a tweet Friday and said he was working closely with the defense and homeland security departments.

The troops there will lend air support, help with reconnaissance and construction of border infrastructure and give logistics support.

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Mr. Trump and federal officials said the troops were needed to help the United States Border Patrol address what Mr. Trump said was a growing threat of unauthorized immigrants, drugs and crime from Central America.

But Mexican officials said late Wednesday that Nielsen told Mexico's secretary of foreign affairs that the National Guard troops would not carry weapons.

Former Texas governor Rick Perry, now Mr Trump's energy secretary, also sent about 1,000 Guard members to the border in 2014 in response to a surge in the number of unaccompanied immigrant children crossing the Rio Grande, the river that separates the USA and Mexico in the state.

She said 150 Texas Guardsmen will join 100 Guardsmen who had been supporting previous border security operations along the border with Mexico.

California has yet to respond to the plan Trump announced this week. Gov.

Her spokesman, Bryan Hockaday, acknowledged she might not have a say.

"This initial phase of deployment will include command and control, coordination cells and operational planning support of the federal entities already on the border", said Norris.

Under what is known as Title 32 authority, state governors will call up Guardsmen for the mission, but their operations will be paid for by the federal government.

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During Operation Phalanx, ordered by President Barack Obama in 2010, 1,200 Guard members deployed to the border, majority from Arizona, California, New Mexico and Texas.

Hawkins and others have reiterated that Alabama's National Guard stands at the ready. "The problem for the National Guard guys now is that they will die of boredom because the Sinaloa Cartel will know where they are and won't send their drug packers through". Some of the first sent under Bush's two-year deployment were from Utah.

Officials are still detailing how many troops will be deployed, exactly where they'll go, what their mission will be or how much it will cost.

Patterson says individual guard members have been deployed to patrol the border in the past, but says MS never has had a "large presence".

Trump said the National Guard deployment would range "anywhere from 2,000 to 4,000", and he would "probably keep" personnel there until his border wall is built "or a large portion of them".

Guard members sent to the border to help don't always come from border states.

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey, a Republican, said Friday that she will consult with the head of the Alabama Guard to see what resources are available. His spokeswoman, Mary-Sarah Kinner, said in an email that Sandoval does not believe the mission would be "an appropriate use" of the Nevada Guard.

Trump wants to send up to 4,000 Guard members to the border. -Mexican border if asked. And Republican Vermont Gov. Phil Scott said he "would not be eager" to send troops because so many other states are closer to the border with Mexico.

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