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Texas extends National Guard order amid new border crossings

11 months 3 weeks 3 days ago December 15, 2015 Dec 15, 2015 Tuesday, December 15 2015 December 15, 2015 12:17 PM in News
Source: Associated Press
By: Paul J. Weber
Image: Leaflet / CC BY-SA 3.0

AUSTIN, Texas - Texas Gov. Greg Abbott is extending the deployment of the National Guard troops at the border with Mexico due to a spike in the number of unaccompanied minors crossing into the state.

Abbott, a Republican, criticized federal officials Tuesday in the wake of U.S. Border Patrol figures that show more than 10,000 unaccompanied children crossing into the U.S. in October in November. That is double the number of crossings in the same two months last year.

The uptick has already prompted Border Patrol to open two shelters in Texas and one in California.

Former Gov. Rick Perry first deployed National Guard troops to the border in 2014. He sent more than 1,000, though only a few hundred have remained in recent months.

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