She said Monday more than 80 troops would deploy later this week. A September report by the Homeland Security Department called the border "more difficult to illegally cross today than ever before. The commitment could later be extended. The governor said Friday that his state would send roughly troopers to the border. Cortes was taken to a nearby border patrol office. Greg Abbott, a Republican, said Monday that the Texas National Guard would commit at least 1, troops to the Mexican border, a commitment that began with an initial deployment of members on Friday. The initial deployment, which will be supported by federal funds, is set to last 31 days, according to Ptak.
But an uptick in border arrests in recent months prompted the Trump administration to conclude that a new wave of unlawful migration could be underway. Trump, who vented repeatedly last week on Twitter about border security, said Thursday that as many as 4, guard members could be tapped to assist Border Patrol agents.
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The National Guard will not arrest or detain migrants, but will engage in supporting tasks that could free up agents to patrol the southwest border. Share on Facebook Share on Twitter. Border arrests in fiscal year reached their lowest point since , a trend driven by a decline in illegal immigration from Mexico and heightened security. The initial deployment, which will be supported by federal funds, is set to last 31 days, according to Ptak. She was cited for having a cracked windshield, driving without a license and failing to show proof of insurance.