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Some Guard members start arriving at US-Mexico border

AP  |  Houston 

Some members have started arriving at the US-border with more expected as federal government officials seek ways to curtail

The Republican governors of Texas, and yesterday committed 1,600 Guard members to the border, giving many of the troops he requested to fight what he's called a crisis of migrant crossings and crime.

The only holdout border state was California, led by Jerry Brown, who has not announced whether troops from his state's will participate and has repeatedly fought with Trump over immigration policy.

Under the Trump invoked in his proclamation calling for troops, governors who send troops retain command and control over their state's Guard members and the picks up the cost.

Brown's spokesman, Evan Westrup, said officials still are reviewing Trump's troop request.

Trump said last week he wants to send 2,000 to 4,000 National Guard members to the border, issuing a proclamation citing "the lawlessness that continues at our southern border."

officials have said that rising numbers of people being caught at the southern border, while in line with seasonal trends in recent years, require an immediate response.

Apprehensions are still well below their historical trends during the terms of former presidents and Barack Obama, both of whom also deployed the Guard to the border.

In City, a caravan of Central American migrants that had been heading north stopped in the Mexican capital. The caravan had sparked furious criticism from Trump, followed days later by his National Guard deployment plan. Organizers said they never intended to go to the US border.

Gov. told a group of soldiers preparing to deploy from a Phoenix military base that their "mission is about providing manpower and resources" to support agencies on the border and denied that there was a political motive.

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First Published: Tue, April 10 2018. 22:35 IST
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