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UPDATE: Ducey announces 225 guard troops heading to border on Monday

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UPDATE: Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey said Monday that 225 members of the state's National Guard were heading to the U.S.-Mexico border to support President Donald Trump's call for troops to fight drug trafficking and illegal immigration.
    
More of the state's Guard members will be deployed on Tuesday, said Ducey, a Republican.
    

The Arizona troops were being sent after Texas announced Friday it would send 250 National Guard members and helicopters took the first of them to the border.


Trump said last week he wants to send 2,000 to 4,000 National Guard members to the border.
    
New Mexico's Republican governor has said her state would take part in the operation but no announcement has been made on deployment. California Gov. Jerry Brown, a Democrat, has not said if the state's Guard members will participate.
    
Trump has said he wants to use the military at the border until progress is made on his proposed border wall, which has mostly stalled in Congress.
    
Defense Secretary James Mattis last Friday approved paying for up to 4,000 National Guard personnel from the Pentagon budget through the end of September.
    
A Defense Department memo said the National Guard members will not perform law enforcement functions or "interact with migrants or other persons detained" without Mattis's approval.
    
It said "arming will be limited to circumstances that might require self-defense" but idid not further define that.
    
After plunging at the start of Trump's presidency, the numbers of migrants apprehended at the southwest border have started to rise in line with historical trends.
    
The Border Patrol said it caught around 50,000 people in March, more than three times the number in March 2017.
    
That's erased a decline for which Trump repeatedly took credit. Border apprehensions still remain well below the numbers when former Presidents George W. Bush and Barrack Obama deployed the Guard to the border.

Pima County Sheriff Mark Napier released the following statement:

This morning, the Arizona border sheriffs had a conference call with Governor Ducey and members of his staff regarding the deployment of Arizona National Guard resources to assist with border security. The border sheriffs are appreciative of the level of communication and coordination we enjoy with the Governor and his staff. The Governor has assigned a member of his staff as a direct liaison with the border sheriffs regarding any issues which may arise regarding the deployment of military personnel. 

Currently, 225 Arizona National Guard (AZNG) personnel are being deployed to assist federal law enforcement. An additional 113 will then follow, for a total initial deployment of 338. This deployment to the border will be very similar to the missions of military personnel under both the Bush and Obama administrations. AZNG personnel will be not be used in an enforcement role and will not have law enforcement powers. AZNG personnel will provide support to federal law enforcement so they may better deploy enforcement personnel/resources. 

The Governor made clear the AZNG are simply providing additional resources to enhance border security, better interdiction of drug and human traffickers, and to give humanitarian assistance to migrants suffering criminal victimization and life-safety issues due to the extreme environment. The Governor will also be seeking additional funding for Operation Stonegarden to provide more assistance to local law enforcement in order to address public safety issues in the border region. Border sheriffs appreciate the prospect of additional funding coming to our counties. 

As your Sheriff, I welcome additional resources to better secure our border. The lack of border security is a public safety, national security, and human rights issue. I share the concern some may have regarding the appearance of the militarization of the border. However, the current deployment of AZNG personnel to provide support at the border has been done under prior presidents, both republican and democrat. We have been assured, as was the case under prior deployments, personnel will be used in a support role.

Bill Ridenour, chairman of the Arizona Board of Regents released the following statement:

With the Arizona Supreme Court decision today prohibiting Maricopa County Community College District from granting in-state tuition to Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) students, the Arizona Board of Regents, effective immediately, will no longer interpret its policies to offer in-state tuition to DACA students.

Last June, the board announced that until a decision was reached by the Supreme Court in the State of Arizona v. Maricopa County Community College District case, it would interpret its policies to allow eligible DACA students to pay in-state tuition.

Without a doubt, the Arizona Supreme Court’s decision today is a setback for DACA students. The Arizona Board of Regents has consistently called on Congress and President Trump to work together to design and provide relief for these students within the overall approach to immigration enforcement and reform.

The board has a strong interest in facilitating access to higher education for all students, within the limits of applicable state and federal law. The board continues to hope that soon, a congressional enactment will establish the lawful status and presence of those who were brought to this country unlawfully as children and have remained here as law-abiding members of our communities. The board recognizes and appreciates the efforts of the Arizona congressional delegation to provide students with certainty regarding their immigration status.

Our universities will work with currently enrolled DACA students to help them understand the implications for tuition. DACA students enrolling for summer or fall who are eligible can take advantage of the board’s Non-Resident Tuition Rate for Arizona High School Graduates. Students who attended an Arizona high school for at least three years, graduated from an Arizona high school and are lawfully present in Arizona, but are not currently eligible for in-state


PHOENIX - Arizona will deploy about 150 members of the state National Guard to the U.S.-Mexico border next week.
    
Gov. Doug Ducey announced the troop call-up in a tweet Friday and said he was working closely with the Defense and Homeland Security departments. More details are expected to come from the state Guard.
    
The announcement comes two days after President Donald Trump said he wanted to deploy the military along the border with Mexico.
    
Ducey spokesman Daniel Scarpinato said he had no details on what the troops would be assigned to do. In previous border deployments, Arizona troops did border watch missions, supported border wall construction and helped with administrative and other support tasks.


 

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