'As Commander of Oregon's Guard, I'm deeply troubled by Trump's plan to militarize our border'.
Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said today that the National Guard would be quickly called to the souther border because "we continue to see unacceptable levels of illegal drugs, risky gang activity, transnational criminal organizations and illegal immigration flow across", but the particulars needed to be cleared by border governors.
Oregon Governor Kate Brown attends the Pendleton Round-Up on September 15, 2017 in Pendleton, Oregon.
In Obama's border deployment, Guard troops were limited to advisory and observer roles, serving as extra eyes and ears for U.S. Border Patrol units and often limited to using binoculars in guard towers.
Mattis and homeland security secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said the decision came after their departments "identified security vulnerabilities that could be addressed by the National Guard". "That's usually when troops are, say, sent to a war zone for a federal mission", Eoyang said.
It wouldn't be unheard of for OR troops to get deployed to the southern USA border: 414 OR troops participated in Operation Jump Start in states along the southwestern US border between 2006 and 2008. The GOP governors of Arizona, New Mexico and Texas also back the plan.
"Americans devastated by illegal-alien crime and drugs are rightfully cheering" the move, she said. Jerry Brown (D) on Thursday in hopes of getting his support.
"Trump went into an absolute tizzy when he learned that a caravan of immigrants from Central America - about 1,200 of them - had entered Mexico bound for the border with the United States", the editorial stated.
As Newsweek reported last week, Trump has been unable to get funding for the so-called Border Wall, a key point of his campaign, that he wants along the U.S. -Mexico border.
"We'll probably keep them - or a large portion of them - until the wall is built", Trump said.
Though Guardsmen called up under Title 32 are allowed to carry out law enforcement duties, in both 2006 and 2010 the Department of Defense issued guidance that they would not do so.
"Just months ago, this administration was boasting about historically low unauthorized border crossings", he said.
Adding more National Guard troops for intelligence support will serve mainly to stop migrants who are slipping through undetected.
Soldiers from the 36th Combat Aviation Brigade, 36th Infantry Division, preparing to deploy to the Texas-Mexico border on Friday in Austin, Texas.
"We are going to be guarding our border with our military".
And North Carolina National Guard Adj. Gen. Gregory Lusk said: "At this time, there have not been any requests for NC National Guardsmen deploying to the southern border of the USA".
The North Dakota Guard provided air, ground and engineering support along the Mexico border under Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush.
Mexican Foreign Minister Luis Videgaray said Wednesday that his government had asked the White House for an explanation of its intentions and would formulate a response "in defense of our sovereignty and national interest".