He said his nation is willing to work with the US on security, as long as those talks are earnest and constructive.
"These National Guard members will act in support of Border Patrol agents who are performing law enforcement duties", Chief Pentagon spokesperson Dana White said in a statement. Troops would still need the consent of the governor in that scenario.
And while Kate Brown of OR is having no part of that, at least one other governor is on board with the idea.
Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and California - the four states bordering Mexico - will all have to agree on the level of troops they're willing to commit to the border, and the Defense Department will have to approve funding for the operation.
The Texas National Guard said it would send 250 troops to the border within 72 hours and had already deployed two Lakota helicopters, while Arizona's governor said he would send 150 personnel next week.
This week, the left and the right reacted to President Trump's decision to deploy the National Guard to America's southern border.
Having served in the military for 21 years himself, Gordon said this option would keep some of our troops in the United States instead of overseas.
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Brown, a Democrat, sent a series of tweets about the directive, which Trump said is to protect and enforce the border until the wall can be built. "Working closely with the border governors, the Department of Homeland Security identified security vulnerabilities that could be addressed by the National Guard". The cell will be headed by Assistant Secretary of Defense for Homeland Defense and Global Security, Ken Rapuano.
It wouldn't be unheard of for OR troops to get deployed to the southern USA border: 414 OR troops participated in Operation Jump Start in states along the southwestern US border between 2006 and 2008.
Gov. Asa Hutchinson said this week that he had offered the support of the Arkansas National Guard.
Brown criticised Trump for his poor handling of state affairs, saying, "This administration is governing through chaos and incompetence".
"We have done this before, and the technical support of the @arkansasguard will add to our nation's security at an important time. Going forward, Texas will continue to implement robust border security efforts, and this partnership will help ensure we are doing everything we can to stem the flow of illegal immigration". "They understand and respect our national sovereignty".
But this does not mean that the Guardsmen have been "federalized" into active duty troops as would occur under what's known as Title 10 when the President declares an emergency. "We've not been asked to deploy". And what we're seeing is a 200 percent increase this month - March - this past month in apprehensions.