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Some Welcoming, Some Concerned As Texas National Guard Troops Deploy To The Border

As the Texas National Guard deploys troops to the US-Mexico border, Houston Matters checks in with several reporters to see how the forces’ presence is being received there.

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A member of the National Guard checks on his colleague inside a Border Patrol skybox near the U.S.-Mexico border in Hidalgo, Texas, in 2011. President Trump is calling for troops on the southern border, something the past five presidents have all done on a limited basis.


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Houston Matters continues to follow developments along the US-Mexico border where the Texas National Guard started deploying troops over the weekend. The state began sending more than 200 troops Friday night. The move comes days after President Trump called for increased border security.

To discuss the latest in the border cities and what we’re hearing from residents there, we check in with Pedro Rojas, national news correspondent for Univision, and Sydney Greene, a reporting fellow with the Texas Tribune.

Then, producer Maggie Martin talks with Marfa Public Radio’s Carlos Morales about the mood in the town of Presidio, a small Texas border town, to find out about their concerns and fears regarding the deployment.