Bishops on both sides of Mexico border criticise troop deployment

Charlene Craig
April 12, 2018

Second, they won't enforce immigration laws, make any immigration arrests, participate in any border wall construction, or be employed in a direct law enforcement role.

The 7th April letter, addressed to people in Mexico and the United States and the presidents of both countries, echoed sentiments of USA border bishops by saying the frontier between the two countries "is not a war zone", but rather an area "called to be an example of social connection and joint responsibility".

The Republican governors of Texas, Arizona and New Mexico on Monday committed 1,600 Guard members to the border, giving President Donald Trump numerous troops he requested to fight what he's called a crisis of migrant crossings and crime.

The International border cuts through Nogales Sonora Mexico right and Nogales Ariz. as seen Tuesday
The International border cuts through Nogales Sonora Mexico right and Nogales Ariz. as seen Tuesday

Arizona recently deployed its first 225 troops to its border. The state was still reviewing Tuesday whether it will join the effort, said Lt. Tom Keegan, a spokesman for the California National Guard.

Texas had already kept a presence of about 100 Guard members on the border for several years.

He said past increases in manpower reduced activity from drug cartels and traffickers.

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In the Texas border town of Roma, about a half-dozen uniformed Guard members were seen Tuesday near an global bridge along the Rio Grande.

The one holdout border state is California, led by Democratic Gov.

Gov. Jerry Brown of California discussed climate change at a news conference in Sacramento, California in June 2017.

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Brown has repeatedly fought with Trump over immigration protection. President Donald Trump signs proclamation to deploy National Guard to US-Mexico border While the governor accepted the funding for extra troops, he was very clear about what the additional troops will not be doing. Administration officials have said that rising numbers of people being caught at the southern border.

California deployed troops to the border under former Presidents George W. Bush in 2006 and Barack Obama in 2010. Organizers talked about they not at all meant to go to the USA border.

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