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Trump Sends Troops to US-Mexico Border

WASHINGTON D.C. - President Trump has ordered National Guard troops to the US-Mexico border.

The memorandum declares that "The security of the United States is imperiled by a drastic surge of illegal activity on the southern border."

Data from a Department of Homeland Security study last fall indicated that illegal border crossings through 2016 were at their lowest point in nearly five decades. 

But on Wednesday, new Border Patrol statistics show a 37 percent spike in attempted border crossings in the last month. 

"Until we can have a wall and proper security, we're going to be guarding our border with the military. That's a big step," says President Trump.

The Wall Street Journal reports that U.S. Officials are planning to build a wall along at least part of a bombing range on the Arizona/Mexico border. 

But the military installation only covers 31 of the nearly 2,000 mile border. 

Earlier this afternoon, Governor Asa Hutchinson tweeted in part: "I informed the Trump Administration that the Arkansas National Guard will support the President's effort to increase border security." 

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