Trump on 'Caravan' of Migrants: US Military Will Guard Mexican Border Until Wall Is Built

Gov. Greg Abbott (R-Texas) said Monday that there is a "mathematical need" to deploy thousands of National Guard troops to secure the southern border and stymie the flow of illegal immigrants into the country.

Abbott said on "Fox & Friends" that the decision will have a meaningful impact on border security, and that the proof can be seen by similar actions taken by former Presidents Bush and Obama.

"Every time that we have increased the forces on the ground, there's been a decrease [in the amount of] cartel activity of the coyote activity," he said.

The president has said he wants to deploy up to 4,000 National Guard troops to secure the border between the U.S. and Mexico.

Abbott also praised the president's decision to sign an executive order ending catch and release over the weekend, calling it "another smart move."

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