>> The Texas national guard has begun deploying troops to help secure the states southern border with Mexico.>> Within 72 hours the Texas military department will have 250 personnel, along with ground surveillant vehicles, as well as light and medium aviation platforms.>> The move comes as president Donald Trump has failed to persuade Congress or Mexico to fully fund his proposed border wall and has turned to the Pentagon instead.
A memo showed that Defense Secretary, Jim Mathis, on Friday, authorized the funding for up to 4,000 National Guard troops to patrol the border along four southwestern US states until September 30th. Arizona's governor tweeting Friday that his state will be sending some 150 national guard troops next week. Also New Mexico, which shares almost 180 miles of border with Mexico, said it supports the call for National Guard reinforcements, but has not announced its plans yet.
And then there's California's Democratic Governor, Jerry Brown, who so far has not made any public comments on the matter.>> We're gonna continue to work with California, and we're hopeful that they'll do the right thing and help protect our borders.>> Exact details of the mission, including the cost, are yet to be determined, but the troops will be under the command and control of their respective governors.
Also on the immigration front, Trump signed a memo Friday, ordering the end of a policy known as catch and release, which allowed illegal immigrants to be released from detention, while awaiting a court hearing on their status.