U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen will head to New Mexico for an update on President Donald Trump's proposed border wall.
Lt. Gen. Kenneth F. McKenzie, Jr., the director of the Pentagon's Joint Staff, said the military's preference was for the troops to be armed for self-protection, as National Guard units used along the border have been in the past.
South Carolina's governor is offering to send National Guard troops to Texas help fight illegal immigration and drug trafficking along the Mexican border.
"But let's be crystal clear on the scope of this mission".
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.
There is a "mathematical need" for the national guard, Abbott said and claimed their presence would yield tangible results.
Arizona recently deployed its first 225 troops to its border.
Seeking refuge from persecution and violence in search of a peaceful life "is not a crime", the bishops added. Gov Henry McMaster said no specifics about how many troops would be sent or how long they would stay were discussed on his call Monday afternoon to fellow Republican and Texas Gov. Greg Abbott.
On April 4th, President Trump signed a memorandum that says, "the security of the United States is imperiled by a drastic surge of illegal activity on the southern border" and "the situation at the border has now reached a point of crisis".
The federal government must agree to the terms before the troops would be deployed. He said most of the southwest border sectors will receive National Guard support.
Other border states are also deploying National Guard troops. Only Border Patrol agents and other law-enforcement officers may apprehend drug runners and people attempting to enter the US illegally.
"America has always been a melting pot which is good but I think protection, government and taxes is important".