US National Guard troops at Mexican border may be armed after all

02:05  17 april  2018
02:05  17 april  2018 Source:   NBC News

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Image: Members of the Texas National Guard wait for Governor Abbott to speak about security on the Mexico-U.S. border in WeslacoMembers of the Texas National Guard wait for Gov. Greg Abbott to speak about security on the Mexico-U.S. border at Sergeant Tomas Garces Texas Army National Guard Armory on April 12, 2018 in Weslaco, Texas. © Provided by NBCU News Group, a division of NBCUniversal Media LLC Image: Members of the Texas National Guard wait for Governor Abbott to speak about security on the Mexico-U.S. border in WeslacoMembers of the Texas National Guard wait for Gov. Greg Abbott to speak about security on the Mexico-U.S. border at Sergeant Tomas Garces Texas Army National Guard Armory on April 12, 2018 in Weslaco, Texas.

WASHINGTON — The head of the U.S. Border Patrol on Monday could not rule out the possibility that some National Guard troops deployed to the U.S.-Mexico border might be armed for self defense.

Chief Ronald Vitiello told reporters that governors of border states would have the right to assess whether the troops in their states carry arms, particularly if they are on a mission that might require them to defend themselves.

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National Guard members have begun arriving at the U.S.- Mexico border as requested last week by Brown has not announced whether troops from his state's National Guard will participate. There is no end date for the deployment, Abbott said: "We may be in this for the long haul."

"That's a case by case delegation, and that's determined by what the assignment is and most of the assignments won't require it. And then whatever the threat situation is, they'll be entitled to protecting themselves," Vitiello said at a news conference at the Department of Homeland Security.

Vitiello reiterated that no troops would be assigned to specifically arrest immigrants or do any kind of law enforcement work.

The acknowledgment came moments after California announced it would not be sending troops to the border, as requested by the Departments of Defense and Homeland Security, because it considered the work to be too closely related to immigration enforcement.

"We are in continuing dialogue, discussion, with the California National Guard," said Robert Salesses, deputy assistant secretary for defense for Homeland Defense Integration.

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Washington Post Staff Writer Wednesday, May 26, 2010. President Obama will deploy 1,200 National Guard troops and request an extra 0 million to secure the Mexican border , his administration said Tuesday

5 days ago The US states of Texas and Arizona on Friday announced plans to send National Guard troops to the southern border with Mexico after President Donald Trump ordered a thousands-strong deployment to combat drug trafficking and illegal immigration. 25 May 2016 Tuesday, May 31

Arizona, New Mexico and Texas have sent 250, 50 and 650 troops respectively, and the Department of Defense aims to grow that number to a total of 2,000 by the end of September, DoD officials told reporters.

The issue of whether or not to arm National Guard troops at the southern border is particularly sensitive because of the shooting death of an 18-year-old American citizen and goat herder by U.S. Marines who were patrolling for drug smugglers in the Rio Grande Valley in 1997. The killing sparked an uproar against the overuse of military force at the border.

President Trump made a surprise announcement on April 4 that he would like to deploy the National Guard because illegal immigration over the southern U.S. border had increased to levels not seen since he took office.

At present, none of the troops who have been deployed are armed, the officials said. Their missions as of now are to provide intelligence through air surveillance and help with infrastructure projects at the border, but not to arrest immigrants, Salesses said.

He said cost estimates for the deployment are still being worked out. DoD will pay for the mission, but it is unclear whether the National Guard, the Army or another account will foot the bill.

Vitiello echoed Trump by saying the National Guard troops would remain at the border until they achieve "operational control."

California OKs limited troop deployment for Trump's request .
California Gov. Jerry Brown has agreed to deploy 400 National Guard troops at President Donald Trump's request, but not all will head to the U.S.-Mexico border and none will enforce federal immigration enforcement. A letter sent Wednesday to Trump by Brown says the California troops will focus on combating transnational drug crime, firearms smuggling and human trafficking. The Democrat says the California troops will not help build a wall or detain people seeking a better life"Let's be clear on the scope of this mission," the Democrat Brown wrote in a letter to the Trump administration. "This will not be a mission to build a new wall.

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