AUSTIN, Texas – The state of Texas announced on Friday the immediate deployment of 250 troops from the National Guard to the border with Mexico, in compliance with a presidential order.
The deployment was to be carried out over the next 72 hours, the Texas Military Department said.
“The Texas National Guard is preparing to immediately deploy the supporting aircraft, vehicles and equipment to the Texas-Mexico border,” Brigadier General Tracy Norris said at a press conference.
“This mobilization supports the priorities of the governor and the president in securing our borders,” she added.
Norris did not reveal the cost of the operation or its duration.
The current deployment will add to the approximately 100 National Guard troops already at the border following an order by former Texas Governor and current US Energy Secretary Rick Perry in 2014.
Even though the order to militarize the border was given earlier this week by US President Donald Trump, the final decision rested with Texas Governor Greg Abbott, who gave his consent to the move.
Arizona Governor Doug Ducey also announced on Friday the deployment of 150 National Guard troops along the border from next week.
The figures are considerably lower than the 2,000-4,000 troops Trump had sought to deploy along the border.
Trump made securing the border with Mexico, namely by building a “big, beautiful wall,” one of his main presidential election campaign pledges.