Texas Gov. To Send 1,000 National Guard Troops To U.S.-Mexico Border

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Texas Gov. To Send 1,000 National Guard Troops To U.S.-Mexico Border
The additional troops will assist at a group of new detention centers.
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On Friday, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced he will be sending 1,000 additional members of the National Guard to the U.S.-Mexico border to help at a group of new detention facilities.

In a press conference, Abbott said the troops will be assisting at detention centers in El Paso, the Rio Grande Valley, and other ports of entry. The troops will be working with Border Patrol to help with the flow of commercial traffic coming across the border.

The announcement comes on the heels of reports of substandard living conditions in some detention facilities. Abbott responded by lashing out at Congress for their lack of adequate border funding.

Abbott said "We’re not going to stand idly by and endanger the lives and safety of the state of Texas because Congress is refusing to do its job."

The new deployment almost doubles the total number of National Guard troops at the border. It's now at more than 2,000.