Governors of several states have voiced support for President Donald Trump’s decision Wednesday to deploy National Guard troops to the U.S.-Mexico border, paving the way for the White House to implement its latest anti-illegal immigration policy.
The Republican governors of Texas, Arizona, and New Mexico — three states that border Mexico — backed the president’s move, which officials said could lead to troops on the ground as early as Wednesday night.
Arizona “welcomes the deployment of National Guard to the border,” Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey tweeted
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said Trump’s action “reinforces Texas’ longstanding commitment to secure our southern border.”
In New Mexico, Gov. Susana Martinez said she appreciates the White House efforts to involve states in the policy-making.
Even California Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown, who has openly sparred with the White House over his state’s pro-illegal immigration policies, signaled that his administration might cooperate.
“This request – as with others we’ve received from the Department of Homeland Security, including those for additional staffing in 2006 and 2010 – will be promptly reviewed to determine how best we can assist our federal partners,” California National Guard spokesman Lt. Col. Tom Keegan said in a statement issued on behalf of Brown’s office. “We look forward to more detail, including funding, duration and end state.”
The Trump administration has not released many specifics of its plan, but a lawmaker told the AP that Congress expects approximately 300 to 1,200 troops to be deployed at a cost of at least $60 million.
States farther from the border mostly avoided immediately responding to the issue. North Carolina Democratic Gov. Roy Cooper’s office did not respond to a request for comment from the News & Observer in Raleigh.
Oregon’s governor, also a Democrat, was more direct, promising to defy any request from the White House to send its troops.
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