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Border officials discuss National Guard deployment

Border officials discuss National Guard deployment

Some members of the National Guard arrived in El Paso Friday.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection Deputy Commissioner Ron Vitiello and El Paso Sector Chief Patrol Agent Aaron Hull delivered remarks about the deployments of National Guard in New Mexico and West Texas.

CBP officials didn't disclose how many troops will be deployed to the area. They said they're still finalizing those plans.

The National Guard will be deployed in West Texas and New Mexico soon under under the direction of the Department of Defense and the Department of Homeland Security, said Hull.

Officials say troops will enhance security on the southwest border adding additional surveillance, engineering, administrative and mechanical expertise, mobile communications, border-related intelligence analysis and repair of border infrastructure in west Texas and southern New Mexico.

Hull and Vitiello didn't say how long troops would be deployed in the area.

Officials said troops are here to stay until they reach what's called "Operational Control along the Border."

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