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Bor­der troops ar­rive: Texas be­came the first state to de­ploy Na­tional Guard troops to the U.S.Mex­ico bor­der last week, as part of a se­cu­rity buildup or­dered by Pres­i­dent Trump, who has been in­creas­ingly frus­trated by his in­abil­ity to build a bor­der wall. The Repub­li­can gov­er­nors of Texas, Ari­zona, and New Mex­ico have pledged a to­tal of 1,600 Na­tional Guard troops, with nearly 700 per­son­nel al­ready dis­patched. Cal­i­for­nia, whose Demo­cratic Gov. Jerry Brown has clashed bit­terly with Trump over im­mi­gra­tion pol­icy, will mo­bi­lize 400 troops. De­fense Sec­re­tary James Mat­tis has ap­proved Pen­tagon fund­ing for up to 4,000 Na­tional Guard bor­der per­son­nel through the end of Septem­ber. The Guard units will serve in sup­port roles, as­sist­ing civil­ian law en­force­ment with ac­tiv­i­ties like sur­veil­lance, but they will not make arrests or carry guns. “That is not their role,” said Texas Gov. Greg Ab­bott.

Na­tional Guard he­li­copters

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