KILGORE, TX (KLTV) - President Trump announced he wants to send as many as 4,000 National Guard troops to the US-Mexico border, and a number of Texas guard units could be called up in the action.
Homeland security is working with governors of southern border states on where, and how many, guardsmen will be deployed.
"It will be strong. it will be as many as is needed to fill the gaps that we have today," says secretary of Homeland security Kirstjen Nielsen.
East Texas guard units have frequently been deployed overseas and to help secure U.S. borders. No orders have come down yet, as guard contingents wait for direction following the president's proclamation. Officially they are in very early planning stages.
For National Guard members, something they are very familiar with is being in a state of readiness to go anywhere.
"We're looking into options for the military to build wall on military installations on the border," Nielsen says.
The Kilgore unit will not be called, as they are already deployed in north Africa until August.
"I think it has everything to do with protecting the people of this country," says Whitehouse secretary Sarah Sanders.
The Trump administration says governors of the border states of Texas, Arizona and New Mexico have welcomed deployment of the guard along the southwest border.
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