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But he quite clearly said the shield would not be centered on, including the building of a new wall along the southern border and the authorities of federal laws. Jerry Brown announced Wednesday he will commit 400 troops to the state's effort to "combat transnational crime".

In 2006, Bush authorized 6000 troops to man the border and President Obama similarly sent 1200 National Guard soldiers for the same duty.

It also followed series of tweets from Trump criticizing Mexico for not stopping a caravan of Central American migrants from moving northward toward the U.S. -Mexico border.

Los Indios Police Chief De La Rosa patrols near gap in Texas border fencing
Los Indios Police Chief De La Rosa patrols near gap in Texas border fencing

The National Guard can report violations, but the law lets only police act on them.

The only border state to holdout on troops is California.

Seeking refuge from persecution and violence in search of a peaceful life "is not a crime", the bishops added.


While the Republican governors of Texas, New Mexico and Arizona swiftly agreed to President Trump's request to deploy the guard, the lone Democratic border state governor kept absolutely silent for a full week.

Until Brown's letter on Wednesday, California had been the only border state that had not authorized a deployment of National Guard troops to support Trump's border security mission.

The federal government must agree to the terms before the troops would be deployed. He did not define how many additional guard members would be deployed. Texas Governor Greg Abbott has said that some of the troops going to the Texas border will be armed.


On Saturday, five planners from the National Guard arrived in the Laredo border patrol sector, where they heard requests and operational input from Burwell and his staff.

Other border states are also deploying National Guard troops.

Pentagon spokeswoman Dana W. White told reporters Thursday that planners are looking at sending National Guard units that can assist with aviation, engineering, surveillance, communications, vehicle maintenance and logistics support.


But despite the sight of a caravan of migrants headed toward the United States, the U.S. Border Patrol says the number of people crossing illegally from Mexico is at its lowest point in nearly 50 years. U.S. Customs and Border Protection however says apprehensions in the last six months fell by about 34,000 from the same period last fiscal year.

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