Trump wants to send up to 4,000 troops to border

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File – In this Jan. 5, 2016, file photo, a U.S. Border Patrol vehicle drives next to a U.S-Mexico border fence in the booming New Mexico town of Santa Teresa. The Trump administration is waiving numerous laws to clear the way for replacing existing vehicle barriers along a stretch of the US-Mexico border in New […]

President Donald Trump has said that he wants to send between 2,000 and 4,000 National Guard members to the US-Mexico border.

Speaking on Air Force One Thursday, Trump gave his first estimate on guard levels.

Asked about the cost, he said the administration was looking at it.

Trump says he plans to keep the guard members there until a “large portion of the wall is built.”

Former President George W. Bush sent 6,400 National Guard members to the border between 2006 and 2008.

They performed support duties aimed at freeing up federal agents to focus on border security. 

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