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USNew Mexico governor pulls National Guard troops from border

05:20  06 february  2019
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After decline, U.S. military's Mexico border mission to grow again

After decline, U.S. military's Mexico border mission to grow again WASHINGTON, Jan 29 (Reuters) - The Pentagon is planning to send thousands more troops back to the U.S. border with Mexico, acting U.S. Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan said on Tuesday, as Democrats in Congress questioned the merits of a mission that had declined in size . require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.getMedianetNativeAds(true); }); The U.S. military says the new deployment will be largely on top of the roughly 2,350 active duty troops already involved in the border mission.

Members of the United States National Guard in April near the border with Mexico in South Texas. CreditLynsey Addario for The New York Times. Governors from at least eight states have announced that they would withhold or recall National Guard troops from efforts to secure the

Governors from around the country are canceling the deployment of their National Guard troops near the US- Mexico border in response to New York state also will not deploy the National Guard to the border , Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Monday, citing the treatment of families at the border as a

New Mexico governor pulls National Guard troops from border© The Associated Press New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham talks after signing an executive order for state agencies to aggressive pursue strategies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions on Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019, in Santa Fe, N.M. The order endorses goals of the 2015 Paris climate agreement to limit global warming and sets in motion new efforts to encourage renewable energy development, improve energy efficiency for buildings, safeguard air quality and possibly set new vehicle emission standards. ( AP Photo/Morgan Lee)

SANTA FE, N.M. — The governor of New Mexico ordered the withdrawal of the majority of the state's National Guard troops from the U.S. border with Mexico on Tuesday, in a move that challenges President Trump's description of a security crisis.

Over 3,000 more US troops headed to southern border

Over 3,000 more US troops headed to southern border Over 3,000 additional active duty troops will be deployed to the southern US border to bolster security joining the 2,300 troops already there, several defense officials tell CNN. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.getMedianetNativeAds(true); }); The additional forces will allow the Department of Defense to fulfill a Department of Homeland Security request for assistance that acting Secretary of Defense Pat Shanahan approved earlier this month.

Maryland’s Republican governor has joined the outrage over the Trump administration’s separation of migrant children from their parents, ordering a National Guard helicopter and its crew to return from New Mexico and vowing not to deploy state resources to the border until the separations stop.

Some are withdrawing National Guard troops from the south, while others are pledging to withhold resources. In April, Trump requested National Guard Arizona, California, New Mexico , Texas and Missouri were among the first states to agree to the president's request. At the time, governors from

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham announced the partial withdrawal shortly before Trump's State of the Union address. Her Republican predecessor deployed National Guard troops to the border in April 2018 at Trump's suggestion, and 118 remained there before Tuesday's reversal.

"New Mexico will not take part in the president's charade of border fear-mongering by misusing our diligent National Guard troops," Lujan Grisham said in a statement.

At the same time, the governor said a small contingent — around a dozen guardsmen — will remain in the southwestern corner of the state to assist with humanitarian needs in a remote corridor for cross-border immigration. She also mobilized state police to assist local law enforcement.

The Pentagon says it will deploy another 3,750 US troops to the Mexican border

The Pentagon says it will deploy another 3,750 US troops to the Mexican border The additional troops will bring the total number of forces supporting the border mission to approximately 4,350, according to estimates provided by the Department of Defense. The troop deployment, which was approved by Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan on Jan. 11, will last for 90 days. The border mission includes mobile surveillance capability as well as the emplacement of approximately 150 miles of concertina wire between ports of entry. The Pentagon first approved the deployment of active-duty troops to the Mexico border in October, on the heels of the U.S. midterm congressional elections.

National Guard troops have been deploying to the southern border for decades after orders by presidents and governors from both parties. In 2010, the Democratic governor of New Mexico at the time, Bill Richardson, ordered a few dozen troops to his state’s border with Mexico after the

11 states are pulling National Guard troops from the US- Mexico border in a growing protest over President Donald Trump announced in April that the National Guard would help support his new But outrage over images and stories of families separated at the border has led some governors to back

"I recognize and appreciate the legitimate concerns of residents and officials in southwestern New Mexico, particularly Hidalgo County, who have asked for our assistance, as migrants and asylum-seekers continue to appear at their doorstep," the governor said.

At remote stretches of New Mexico's border with Mexico, large numbers of Central American migrants have surrendered in recent months to U.S. authorities. The perils of the state's desert borderlands have been highlighted with the deaths of Guatemalan immigrant children Felipe Gomez Alonzo and Jakelin Caal while in U.S. custody in New Mexico.

New Mexico's contingent of border troops is dwarfed by recent federal deployments of active duty troops.

The Pentagon announced Sunday it would send 3,750 more troops to the U.S.-Mexico border to put up barbed wire and provide support for Customs and Border Protection, increasing the total number to 4,350.

Lujan Grisham traveled last month to New Mexico's southern edge for briefings from the National Guard and Customs and Border Protection, explaining that she wanted to see the situation for herself.

On Tuesday, she also directed 25 troops from other states — Arkansas, Kansas, Kentucky, New Hampshire, South Carolina, and Wisconsin — to withdraw from the New Mexico border.

California governor to order National Guard troops back from Mexico border.
Gov. Gavin Newsom's move comes a week after the governor of New Mexico withdrew most of her state's troops from the southern border.

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