Ducey said on Twitter that additional National Guard members would be deployed Tuesday. Instead, the governor told The Associated Press it was no different than other states sending troops to SC to help after a hurricane.
Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas pledged on Monday to send about 1,600 National Guard members to the U.S. -Mexico border, responding to President Donald Trump's plan to use the military to help fight illegal immigration and drug trafficking.
New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez, a Republican, has expressed support for National Guard troops supporting Border Patrol agents in her state, but not deployed them.
Gov. Doug Ducey addressed part of the force at Papago Park Military Reservation.
"This is a step up from the militarization, something we just absolutely don't need", said Pedros Rios.
"This mission is about providing manpower and resources to support federal, state, county, tribal and local law enforcement agencies in stopping the flow of criminals, narcotics, weapons and ammunition that is being trafficked into our state", Ducey said. "You show me somebody who is for drug cartels or human trafficking or this ammunition that's coming over a wide-open and unprotected border here".
Abbott told the San Antonio radio station KTSA that Texas would increase the number of troops it deploys by 300 each week.
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Trump talked about last week he wishes to ship between 2,000 and 4,000 Nationwide Guard members to the border, issuing a proclamation citing "the lawlessness that continues at our southern border".
In recent years, the number of people detained crossing the border has fallen sharply and is now at the lowest since 1971, according to Border Patrol data.
Trump's call for sending troops to the border came after he was heavily criticized by his supporters for passing a federal budget that only allocated $1.6 billion for border security.
If 4,000 troops were deployed, that would be about double the current USA military presence in Syria and about half as many as the number of U.S. troops in Iraq.
President Donald Trump called last week for thousands of National Guard troops to be sent to the border in a deployment that some Democratic governors resisted and called political.
Border apprehensions still remain well below the numbers when former Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama deployed the Guard to the border. SC sent troops to the border during Operation Jump Start, the border deployment ordered by Bush in 2006. Evan Westrup, a spokesman for Brown, suggested the Related Press Monday that state officers are nonetheless reviewing Trump's troop request.
Joel Villarreal, the mayor of Rio Grande City in Texas, said he did not agree with what he characterized as "the militarization of the border".