LITTLE ROCK (KATV) — Governor Asa Hutchinson has directed Adjutant General Mark Berry to move Arkansas National Guard personnel from New Mexico to Texas to assist with border security.
“Our National Guard assets were deployed at my direction to assist in a multistate effort to secure our southwest border,” Governor Hutchinson said. “At this time, I have directed General Berry to shift those assets to Texas, where they have additional security needs and are requesting our assistance.”
Eight Arkansas Guard personnel and two helicopters have been on a mission at southwest border in New Mexico at President Donald Trump’s request for state assistance, since May 2018.
Earlier in the week, New Mexico Governor Lujan Grisham ordered the withdrawal of the New Mexico National Guard from border deployment and also sent troops from other states return home immediately. “New Mexico will not take part in the president’s charade of border fear-mongering by misusing our diligent National Guard troops,” Governor Grisham stated in a press release.
According to the Army Times report, a week ago members of the state's Guard's contingent in one of the state’s LUH-72 Lakota helicopters “helped federal agents seize large sacks of marijuana and arrest four camouflage-clad men hiding in brush at night” along the border of New Mexico. The report says the sacks contained nearly 136 pounds of marijuana.