HOUSTON, Texas (PNN) - August 25, 2014 - The 1,000 National Guard deployment at the border has begun. Though previous reports stated that the surge had started earlier in August, it had not yet begun at that time.
A spokeswoman from the Texas National Guard (TNG) said, "We can confirm that there are troops on the border at this time." She added that the troops on the ground are a part of Operation Strong Safety, to a portion of the Rio Grande Sector of the Texas-Mexico border.
Major General John F. Nichols confirmed during a briefing that more than 400 but less than 1,000 troops had been deployed.
The date at which the troops were deployed cannot be confirmed at this time, according to the National Guard.