Ohio governor to send National Guard to southwest US border

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP): Gov. Mike DeWine said Friday he’s sending 185 members of the Ohio National Guard to the southwestern United States later this year at the request of the federal government.

The guard members will provide non-law enforcement support to U.S. customs agents as part of the government’s Southwest Border mission. DeWine didn’t provide further details about the guard members’ duties. The deployment will come late in the year.

The Southwest Border mission involves security along the Mexican border in California, Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas. The request for Ohio guard members came from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the National Guard Bureau.

The guard members will join 115 members of the Ohio Guard’s 1484th Transportation Company previously deployed to the border. About 3,000 Guard members from several states are involved in the mission.

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