That got us wondering — has the Texas State Guard been used like this before? And what are the political ramifications of Gov. Abbott’s decision to have state forces monitor the federal military training?
Bob Buzzanco, history professor at the University of Houston, and Ric Stoll from Rice University's Baker Institute for Public Policy, help us get some perspective on the story.
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