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Arizona boosts number of troops to border to 338

April 09, 2018 - 5:13 pm

PHOENIX (AP) — The Latest on the deployment of National Guard members to the U.S.-Mexico border.

Arizona has boosted the number of National Guard troops it will send to the Mexico border to 338 from 225 as part of President Donald Trump's plan for having the military help fight illegal immigration and drug trafficking.

The Arizona National Guard said in statement that 225 troops will be deployed to the border Tuesday and another 113 on Wednesday.

The statement came after Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey announced that more troops would be sent Wednesday but did not specify how many.

The statement says the troops will help law enforcement agencies stem "the flow of trafficked people, criminals, narcotics, weapons, and ammunition trafficked in the state."