In April 2018, Trump authorized up to 4,000 National Guard troops to be deployed in the four border states of Texas, Arizona, New Mexico and California. After California removes the 360 troops, 1,145 will remain in Texas and 580 in Arizona.

The National Guard troops at the border are in addition to over 5,500 active duty troops deployed to the same areas. Neither active duty nor National Guard troops are permitted to apprehend immigrants, but are intended to support Customs and Border Protection by reinforcing existing barriers and providing medical aid.

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Just across the border from San Diego, thousands of immigrants wait in Tijuana for a chance to claim asylum. However, under the practice of “metering” used by the Trump administration, roughly 40 immigrants a day are permitted to pass to make their claims.

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