Will National Guard Troops at the Border Be Armed? It Depends

Will National Guard Troops at the Border Be Armed? It Depends

"At some point that might come together", said Ronald D. Vitiello, acting deputy commissioner of Customs and Border Protection, which oversees both the Border Patrol and the ports of entry.

Governor Brown has stated publicly that he shares our interest in securing our southern border. The Los Angeles Times reported last week that California will deploy 400 National Guard troops, but Brown added that they will not enforce federal immigration law.

Republican governors from the three other border states - Arizona, New Mexico and Texas - have openly embraced the Trump administration's plans and specific tasks for guard members sent to the border with Mexico. The additional staffing would allow the Guard to support statewide law enforcement operations, Brown said but emphasized the guardsmen would not detain border jumpers or other illegal aliens.

Brown said last week he would agree to deploy 400 troops as long as they were not involved in immigration enforcement duties.

Officials said they are planning for a mission that would include some 2,000 troops in total. Oregon Gov. Kate Brown announced that she would not let National Guard troops from her state be stationed at the Mexican border, even though President Donald Trump did not request her troops.

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Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Homeland Defense Integration and Robert Salesses said that the Department of Defense was supporting the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and CBP.

Vitiello said his agency's request for California was for two border locations - San Diego and El Centro, just north of the border town of Calexico. Salesses said that the California Guard would not perform those missions. The Arizona National Guard said last week that its troops will provide air and ground support.

A border patrol vehicle sits in the shade next to the US/ Mexico border fence on April 6, 2018 in Jacumba, California. He said that federal authorities were grateful for the support that they have, and that they would continue the discussion with California for future phases of the operation to "see if those fit better with sort of the results as we know them now".

The issue of whether or not to arm National Guard troops at the southern border is particularly sensitive because of the shooting death of an 18-year-old American citizen and goat herder by U.S. Marines who were patrolling for drug smugglers in the Rio Grande Valley in 1997.

Brown's office was noncommittal about how numerous 400 additional guardsmen would be sent to the border, The Daily Caller News Foundation previously reported. General Daniel R. Hokanson, the National Guard Bureau's vice chief.

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"We're not going to do the work of the federal government", he said. According to one US official, the California Guard has suggested assigning about 40 troops to marijuana eradication across the state.

Vitiello later said that now "the Governor has determined that what we've asked for so far is unsupportable", but that they would look toward future iterations of the operation.

Officials holding the afternoon briefing stated that there are now 900 National Guard troops deployed to the southern border between three states: Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona.

'The governor has determined that what we have asked for so far is unsupportable, ' Vitiello told reporters.

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