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900 Soldiers Head to US-Mexico Line to Aid Border Patrol

Some 900 National Guard troops are deploying to the U.S.-Mexico border to support Border Patrol operations, but they will not perform any law enforcement functions while on the White House-ordered assignment, Homeland Security officials said Monday.

The majority of the military members who have arrived or are headed to the border are National Guard troops from Texas, with roughly 650. In Arizona, there will be approximately 250, and in New Mexico, about 60.

California on Monday said it would no longer allow its National Guard troops to fulfill the mission as requested by the Department of Defense.

The move comes after California’s …read more