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'Trump was right' McMaster offers troops to patrol Texas border

12 April 2018

Trump followed with news that he would send 2,000 to 4,000 troops. He said the state's transnational-crime effort now includes 250 personnel statewide, including 55 at the border.

"But let's be crystal clear on the scope of this mission".

"Different topographies, different regions of the United States, are more accommodative of the wall than others", Mr. Abbott, a Republican, explained on Fox News.

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

There is a "mathematical need" for the national guard, Abbott said and claimed their presence would yield tangible results.

But governors of several states that don't sit on the border resisted, signaling potential obstacles in meeting the president's goal of a surge of 4,000 troops.

Governor Henry McMaster is offering to send troops to the Texas-Mexico border after President Trump's recent announcement.

California's deployment will happen pending review and approval by the federal government.

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The Laredo section of the Texas-Mexico border spans 170 miles and contains no walls or fences. "Texas wants to ensure that we secure the border". There are only four miles of paved road along the Laredo segment of the border. The April 6 statement said they recognize the right of nations to control and secure their borders and to respect the rule of law but it also pointed out that current USA law allows those who arrive in this country fleeing persecution to "due process as their claims are reviewed".

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Officials say the 20-mile (32-kilometer) stretch in a sprawling desert separating the USA from Mexico will be at least 18 feet (5.5 meters) tall.

The bishops letter called for defending the dignity of migrants, saying "Migrants aren't criminals, rather they are vulnerable human beings that have the authentic right to personal and community development".

"It is a good thing", Spader said.

"If they call us to do it then it would be an honor to do it", Spader said.

The Laredo border patrol sector has requested 270 National Guard troops, which Burwell expects will arrive "very soon", though he did not have a precise date.

The Republican on Tuesday reiterated plans to put more than 1,000 National Guard members into action. "More eyes in the sky for us, more help on the ground, more behind-the-scenes type stuff is a really big deal for us".

California deployed troops to the border under former Presidents George W. Bush in 2006 and Barack Obama in 2010.

In Arizona, Gov. Doug Ducey has so far sent 338 troops to the border, which KJZZ reports are "expected to give air and logistical support, help with reconnaissance and work on border infrastructure".

Some South Carolina members of the National Guard could be headed for border duty.

'Trump was right' McMaster offers troops to patrol Texas border