Arizona governor embraces Trump plan for Guard on border

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Gov. Doug Ducey said he supports Trump's plan to bring the National Guard to the border. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5/CNN) Gov. Doug Ducey said he supports Trump's plan to bring the National Guard to the border. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5/CNN)
The Trump administration says it is working with governors to "immediately" deploy the National Guard to combat illegal immigration at the U.S.-Mexico border. (Source: CNN) The Trump administration says it is working with governors to "immediately" deploy the National Guard to combat illegal immigration at the U.S.-Mexico border. (Source: CNN)
Gov. Doug Ducey says in a Wednesday Tweet that the state "welcomes the deployment of National Guard to the border." (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) Gov. Doug Ducey says in a Wednesday Tweet that the state "welcomes the deployment of National Guard to the border." (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
PHOENIX (AP) -

Arizona's Republican governor is embracing President Donald Trump's announcement that he wants to deploy the military along the border with Mexico.

Gov. Doug Ducey says in a Wednesday Tweet that the state "welcomes the deployment of National Guard to the border." He says Washington has ignored the issue and help is needed. Ducey says that for Arizona "it's all about public safety."

Ducey spokesman Daniel Scarpinato said Wednesday Ducey's office has spoken with Trump Administration officials about the possibility of sending Arizona National Guard troops to the U.S.-Mexico border.

Scarpinato said details about any possible use of the state Guard in the mission would be released as they are available.

The Trump administration says it is working with governors to "immediately" deploy the National Guard to combat illegal immigration at the U.S.-Mexico border.

[READ MORE: Trump admin sending National Guard troops to the US-Mexico border]

The administration appears to be considering a model similar to a 2006 operation where then-President George W. Bush deployed National Guard troops. Former President Barack Obama also deployed troops to the border in 2010.

Gov. Ducey released the following statement:

"Arizona welcomes the deployment of National Guard to the border," Governor Ducey said. "Washington has ignored this issue for too long and help is needed. For Arizona, it’s all about public safety. I've been in touch with Secretary Nielsen multiple times this week, and we will cooperate fully with the administration on this effort. Since 2015, Arizona's Border Strike Force has demonstrated the success that can come when state, local and federal law enforcement partner to protect our border. Anything we can do to further bolster these efforts is good news for Arizona and for our national security. I look forward to working closely with federal officials on this important issue."

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