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Arizona National Guard boosts troops being deployed to Mexico border from 225 to 338

Gov. Ducey said more National Guard members would be deployed Tuesday.

PHOENIX - Arizona has boosted the number of National Guard troops it will send to the Mexico border to 338 from 225.

The National Guard members are heading to the Arizona-Mexico border Monday. Ducey is calling the order “Operation Guardian Shield.”

Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey tweeted an updated number saying 225 guard members would be deployed to the border.The original number was 150.

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"These troops will be helping our federal partners with any support role responsibilities that they need," Ducey tweeted.

The troops will not have law enforcement powers but will only provide support.

Ducey argues these troops are needed in southern Arizona.

“We had a 200-percent increase in traffic across the border,” said Ducey. He’s talking about DHS data which shows more than 50,000 immigrants were either arrested in the desert or detained at the border just last month. That’s more than 33,000 more than in March of last year.

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The money to pay for “Operation Guardian Shield” is coming from federal funds, according to Ducey.

Ducey said the troops would be stationed in the Tucson and Yuma sectors. He said more National Guard members would be deployed this week.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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