WATCH: Gov. Ducey talks about sending National Guard to border

WATCH: Gov. Ducey talks about sending National Guard to border
(Source: KOLD News 13)

NOGALES, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey was in Nogales Friday as National Guard troops arrived for Operation Guardian Shield.

Ducey and Tucson Sector Chief Patrol Agent Rodolfo Karisch of the U.S. Border Patrol hosted a news conference to talk about the operation.

The Governor told News 13, the national guard decision is a reaction to a report that border problems have increased year or year, and in the past two months.

The governor cited numbers which he says shows apprehensions in the Tucson sector of the Border Patrol have increased 200 percent.

The governor also said the deployment is not militarization of the border, because enforcement is still left to the border patrol not the troops.

The troops will be in a support role only and will not carry weapons.

Sixty guardsmen will be assigned to assist Border Patrol at the Mariposa Port of Entry.

Ducey committed 338 troops from Arizona as part of President Donald Trump's push to secure the border until the wall is built.

A third of them will focus on aviation and will be based out of Marana. Others will help with engineering, transportation, surveillance and communications.

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