Governor Abbott Visits National Guard Troops Deployed To Border

April 12, 2018 | Austin, Texas | Press Release

Governor Greg Abbott today visited the National Guard Armory in Weslaco, Texas, where he received a border security briefing and met with Texas National Guard troops deployed as part of the Trump Administration’s call to secure the U.S.-Mexico border.

"The security of our southern border is a top priority, and Texas has stepped up to answer the call," said Governor Abbott. "The addition of National Guard troops to aid Customs and Border Patrol will serve to strengthen border security, and their presence will make a meaningful difference. I thank the men and women of the Texas National Guard, as well as our federal partners at Customs and Border Patrol, for their service, and I applaud the Administration for their commitment to keeping our states and nation safe, and our border secure. "

In coordination with the Department of Homeland Security, 762 Texas National Guard troops have been deployed and are currently stationed at the U.S.-Mexico border. An additional 300 troops are expected to be deployed each week until the total amount of troops stationed at the border reaches 1,400. Texas National Guard troops will assist Customs and Border Patrol in surveillance and support roles.