American Troops To Guard US-Mexico border
Arizona and Texas have answered Donald Trump's call for troops to help fight drug trafficking and illegal immigration at the US-Mexico border.
The states will send 400 members of the National Guard by next week, with 250 of them arriving over the weekend.
President Trump is hopeful more will follow, having told reporters on Wednesday that he wanted to send up to 4,000 troops.
Our Border Laws are very weak while those of Mexico & Canada are very strong. Congress must change these Obama era, and other, laws NOW! The Democrats stand in our way - they want people to pour into our country unchecked....CRIME! We will be taking strong action today.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 4, 2018
Previous deployments include Barack Obama sending 1,200 members to the border eight years ago and George W Bush sending 6,000 back in 2006.
In 2014, around 1,000 Guard members were deployed by Texas governor Rick Perry - now Mr Trump's energy secretary - in response to a surge in the number of unaccompanied children crossing into the state from Mexico via the Rio Grande river.
Mr Trump has said he wants to deploy at least 2,000 to combat "the lawlessness that continues at our southern border", suggesting he wants to use the military there until progress is made on his proposed border wall.