Texas will send more than 1,000 National Guard troops to the US-Mexico border, in response to President Donald Trump's call for the military deployment to the southern frontier, the state announced Tuesday.
An initial 250 Texas military personnel were sent to the border over the weekend. The Texas Military Department said the initial deployment was command and planning staff, along with support aircraft, vehicles and other equipment.
The department announced Tuesday it would activate 300 reserve troops this week, and each of the following weeks, for a total of more than 1,000 troops.
"The addition of National Guard on the border has proven to have a meaningful impact to reduce the flow of people and illegal activities coming across the border."
Texas already had approximately 100 troops at the border prior to Trump's request. They were first activated in 2014 and have been serving in an "observe and support" role, officials said.
The additional troops will be tasked with assisting border patrol agents by carrying out surveillance, communications, and other tasks.
National Guard troops are normally commanded by governors.
The border state of Arizona has also responded to the federal request, deploying 225 members of its Guard on Monday.
The defense department said the troops would not carry out law enforcement activities without federal approval and would be armed for self-defense when necessary.
Trump has indicated he might keep troops at the border until his promised border wall is built.
Both deployments were limited to around a year.
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