Using the National Guard to do border security is very expensive.
President Donald Trump has said he will send thousands of US troops to the Mexican border to defend against a caravan of would-be illegal immigrants making their way north to the United States. On Saturday, Mattis signed an order to send up to 4,000 Guard troops to the border, but barred them from interacting with migrants detained by the Border Patrol in most circumstances. Other signers included Bishop Edward J. Weisenburger of Tucson, Arizona, Bishop Robert W. McElroy of San Diego and Bishop Oscar Cantu of Las Cruces, New Mexico.
The Senate said that the 400 wouldbe in addition to 250 already involved in the program, including fifty five members stationed in the us's southern border.
The decision comes one week after the Trump administration asked governors in border states to provide Guard troops for assistance with the duties of Border Patrol agents. He said most of the southwest border sectors will receive National Guard support.
Arizona recently deployed its first 225 troops to its border. "This will not be a mission to build a new wall".
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Administration officials have scrambled to work out the details of the operation since Trump abruptly announced Tuesday that he planned to send the military to help fight illegal immigration and drug trafficking.
The federal government must agree to the terms before the troops would be deployed.
The only holdout border state was California, led by Democratic Gov.
Many human traffickers smuggle their victims into the U.S.at the Mexican border, bringing their victims to this country for labor or sexual exploitation. The April 6 statement said they recognize the right of nations to control and secure their borders and to respect the rule of law but it also pointed out that current US law allows those who arrive in this country fleeing persecution to "due process as their claims are reviewed". He further clarified that overall immigrant apprehensions on the border last year were as low as they've been in almost 50 years with 85 percent of those detained taking place outside of California.
In fiscal year 2017, about 304,000 individuals were apprehended along the U.S. -Mexico border, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection data.