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US Mattis approves sending 4,000 National Guard troops to border

08:41  07 april  2018
08:41  07 april  2018 Source:   thehill.com

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The National Guard will deploy up to 4 , 000 troops to the U.S.-Mexico border beginning Friday night, Defense Secretary James Mattis said in a memo. Moving up to 500 # NationalGuard troops immediately on the SW border security mission. Vehicles, equipment & helicopters on the way tonight

The National Guard will deploy up to 4 , 000 troops to the U.S.-Mexico border beginning Friday night, according to a newly signed It also states that troops “will not perform law enforcement activities or interact with migrants or other persons detained by DHS personnel” unless Mattis approves it.

James Mattis wearing a suit and tie © Provided by The Hill

The National Guard will deploy up to 4,000 troops to the U.S.-Mexico border beginning Friday night, according to a newly signed memo from Defense Secretary James Mattis after President Trump called for troops to shore up the area until his border wall is built

The memo authorizes the use of Title 32 and Defense Department dollars for up to 4,000 National Guard personnel to support the Department of Homeland Security's "southern border security mission while under the command and control of their respective governors through September 30, 2018."

It also states that troops will not perform law enforcement activities or interact with migrants or other persons detained by DHS personnel" unless Mattis approves it.

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The defense secretary, Jim Mattis , on Friday approved using Pentagon money to pay for as many as 4 , 000 national guard personnel to perform security missions on the US Donald Trump told reporters on Thursday he wanted to send between 2,000 and 4 , 000 national guard troops to the border , to

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Troops will be armed only in "circumstances that might require self-defense," according to the memo.

National Guard Bureau Chief Gen. Joseph Lengyel wrote on Twitter that up to 500 guardsmen are now moving to the border along with vehicles, helicopters and other equipment.

"Always Ready, Always There! Moving up to 500 #NationalGuard troops immediately on the SW border security mission. Vehicles, equipment & helicopters on the way tonight," Lengyel wrote.

The memo does not say how much the mission will cost.

Trump earlier this week signed a presidential memorandum directing Mattis to support DHS in securing the southern border to address a "drastic surge of illegal activity on the southern border."

Trump then said Thursday that he wants to send between 2,000 and 4,000 guardsmen to the border to keep at bay illegal activities such as drug smuggling until his proposed border wall is built.

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WASHINGTON — The National Guard will deploy nearly 500 troops to the U.S.-Mexico border , the government announced Friday, in the first step in 30. It says that the troops will not be used for law enforcement or interaction with immigrants unless Defense Secretary James Mattis approves it, and

The National Guard will deploy up to 4 , 000 troops to the U.S.-Mexico border beginning Friday night, according to a newly signed memo from Defense Secretary James Mattis , after President Trump called for troops to shore up the area until his border wall is built.

Arizona and Texas have already announced plans to send troops to the border starting this weekend.

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey (R) announced Friday afternoon on Twitter that he would be sending around 150 Guard troops.

Army National Guard Brig. Gen. Tracy Norris, meanwhile, told reporters about 250 troops will be sent by Monday to Texas' border with Mexico.

This mobilization supports the priorities of the governor and the president in securing our borders," Norris said.

Norris added that the Texas deployment began Friday and more troops will be sent "once mission requirements and locations are finalized."

"As early as tomorrow, notifications will go out to soldiers who will be called up as part of the follow-on phase," telling troops they need to report as early as next week, Norris said.

Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) sent the Guard to the border to help secure it in 2014, and 100 soldiers remain there from that effort.

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Previous presidents have mobilized National Guard troops to help monitor parts of the border . President George W. Bush sent 6,400 troops starting Jerry Brown. Some Guard troops already are deployed on the border for counter-drug operations. Brandon Judd, president of the National Border

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis has approved using Defense Department money to pay for as many as 4 , 000 National Guard personnel to perform border security missions.

The deployment of a potential 4,000 guardsmen to the border is lower than the 6,000 Guard troops former President George W. Bush sent in 2006 but higher than the 1,200 former President Barack Obama sent in 2010. Both used Title 32.

Bush's deployment cost $415 million from the Air Force and Navy accounts at the time, but DHS and Pentagon officials have been unable to answer how much money it will cost this time around and where the dollars will come from.

The Pentagon's chief spokeswoman Dana White on Thursday would not confirm that the funds would not come from the Pentagon's operation and maintenance (O&M) account, which is used for military readiness.

House Armed Services Committee Chairman Mac Thornberry (R-Texas) earlier this week stressed that the Defense Department needs all of its allocated funding for military readiness.

Asked Friday if O&M funds will be used to pay for the border deployment, Mattis only replied that the Pentagon is "looking at how we can best provide the support" to DHS.

"We'll figure it out. It will be consistent with law and the spirit of Congress. No problem."

National Guard troops at Mexican border may be armed after all .
The acknowledgement came moments after California said it would not be sending National Guard troops to the border.WASHINGTON — The head of the U.S. Border Patrol on Monday could not rule out the possibility that some National Guard troops deployed to the U.S.-Mexico border might be armed for self defense.

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