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Arizona National Guard chief defends role of troops at border

The head of the Arizona National Guard defended the use of military troops on the border this week, saying their support puts more Border Patrol officers on the front lines – what one official called “badges back to the border.”... Read more»

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Despite rhetoric, border counties’ violent crime about average for U.S.

An analysis of four years of violent crime data for the border counties as a whole showed they were usually slightly above the national average, following no obvious trend.... Read more»

Crossing a line: Military encounter at border sparks Trump threats

A border encounter between U.S. and Mexican soldiers earlier this month became a political issue Wednesday when President Donald Trump picked up the incident and threatened to send armed soldiers to the border in response. ... Read more»

National Guard helicopter crews helped BP agents apprehend 75 people

National Guard helicopters helped Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents detain 75 people over the weekend. ... Read more»

Experts: 4 reasons why Trump can’t declare national emergency to build border wall

President Trump has hinted there’s a “good chance” he will declare a national emergency during his State of the Union address in order to build a border wall. Experts, however, believe there are obstacles to using a national emergency to build a wall.... Read more»

Pentagon defends use of active-duty troops on border

Pentagon officials told lawmakers that there’s nothing unusual about the 2,300 active-duty troops at the Mexican border, calling it in line with similar deployments under previous administrations. Another 3,750 troops will be deployed soon.... Read more»

BP agents, Pima deputies rescue man from snowy peak

Tucson Sector Border Patrol agents and Pima County sheriff's deputies rescued a Guatemalan man on Wednesday from a snowcapped peak west of Tucson, authorities said. ... Read more»

Rocks vs. rifles: Trump backs off suggestion that soldiers fire on migrants

Trump on Friday backed off his statement that active-duty soldiers on the border should respond to rock-throwing migrants as if the soldiers had been attacked with a firearm.... Read more»

D-M, Ft. Huachuca to house troops sent to border; 101st Airborne among soldiers deployed

Tucson's Davis-Monthan AFB, and Ft. Huachuca in Sierra Vista, are among the locations where U.S. military forces are being stationed near the Mexican border. Among the deployments are the 101st Airborne Division.... Read more»4

Defense Dep't says it's sending 5,200 troops to U.S.-Mexico border

Trump administration officials say the deployment will include three helicopter units, mobile command and medical units, military police and more.... Read more»1

Leaked CBP memo: U.S. 'well-prepared' for caravan traveling through Mexico

While the White House fulminates against the possibility that a "caravan" of people traveling on foot more than 900 miles from the border could seek asylum in the United States, the head of Customs and Border Protection said in an internal memo that border officials are already "well-prepared" to deal with the exodus of parents and children from three Central American countries.... Read more»

Trump threat to use military to close the border met with skepticism

Before heading to Arizona for a political rally, President Donald Trump threatened to “seal the southern border” with troops if that’s what it takes to stop the latest caravan of Central American migrants heading to the U.S.... Read more»

Ducey, Napier join White House event defending ICE agents

Pima County Sheriff Mark Napier and Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey were among the officials with President Trump at a White House event to honor immigration and border officials in the face of calls by some to abolish Immigration and Customs Enforcement.... Read more»

Flags at half-staff for Phx firefighter found dead while on Nat'l Guard duty

A Phoenix firefighter who was found dead on Friday in his quarters at an Army National Guard base is being honored with flags across the state flown at half-staff on Monday.... Read more»

McSally pumps Nat'l Guard on border with Ukrainian soldier photo

A stock tough-on-the-border message from Martha McSally comes with a depiction of a soldier that's a bit unfamiliar. Instead of a National Guard member, it shows a figure armed with an AK-74, sold by a Ukrainian photographer, and falsely implies that armed troops are on patrol.... Read more»1

Ducey: Call for National Guard not border militarization

Citing a surge in apprehensions by Border Patrol agents, Gov. Doug Ducey praised the Trump administration for "finally taking action" to secure the border by calling on governors in southwestern states to deploy National Guard troops along the U.S.-Mexico border. ... Read more»2

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