Then and now: Donald Trump would not be first president to send National Guard soldiers to US-Mexico border

Published: 05th April 2018 11:12 AM  |   Last Updated: 05th April 2018 11:33 AM  

In this March 25, 1942, file photo provided by the US Army Signal Corps, American soldiers are about to cross the International Bridge into Mexico in El Paso, Texas, as American and Mexican troops are permitted by their respective War Departments to cross into Mexico and American territory in uniform. (File | AP)
In this June 1, 2007, file photo, US Border Patrol Agent Alberto De Leon checks the banks of the Rio Grande, at the US- Mexico border in Laredo, Texas, an area often used by smugglers. Today, there are more than 20,000 Border Patrol agents along the US-Mexico border and a number of other federal agencies. Cities and towns along the U.S.-Mexico border have a violent crime rate below the national average, and have continued to see declines over the last decade, an Associated Press analysis of FBI crime data has found. (File | AP)
In this June 19, 2008, file photo, in front of a new five-mile section of border fencing, Master Sgt. Ken Clemens, a member of the 200th Red Horse Air National Guard Civil Engineering Squadron from Camp Perry in Ohio, works on a new guardrail along a new road at the border in Nogales, Ariz. (File | AP)
In this June 20, 2008, file photo, members of the 200th Red Horse Air National Guard Civil Engineering Squadron from Camp Perry in Ohio, including Tech Sgt. David Hughes, right, and Tech Sgt. William Bunker, second from right, work on building a road at the border in Nogales, Ariz. (File | AP)
In this July 26, 2008, file photo, a cross honoring Esequiel Hernandez Jr. sits on the place he fell dead in Redford, Texas. In 1997, camouflage-clad United States Marines ordered to patrol the border for drugs in West Texas shot and killed 18-year-old Hernandez while he was herding his family's goats near the tiny village of Redford, along the US-Mexico border. Authorities say Hernandez had no connection to the drug trade and was an honor student. That shooting sparked anger along the border and ended the President Bill Clinton-era military presence along the border. (File | AP)
In this July 26, 2008, file photo, the flags of the United States and Mexico hang on a store's door in Redford, Texas. Redford, a knot of adobe homes and alfalfa fields some 300 miles down river from El Paso, made headlines in 1997 when US Marines on a secret anti-drug mission mistakenly gunned down local high school student Esequiel Hernandez Jr., as he herded goats along the Rio Grande. (File | AP)
In this July 25, 2009, file photo, a patrol vehicle is seen from the Mexican side of the US-Mexico border, in Tecate. Drug and immigrant traffickers from Mexico are plying their trade across the US border directly through the local and federal agents charged with protecting it, offering money and sex to obtain protection and even trying to become agents themselves. (File | AP)
In this Aug. 6, 2009, file photo, US Border Patrol Agent James Acosta opens a barbed wire fence leading to a road lined with vehicle barriers marking the US-Mexico border near Hermanas, N.M. The US Border Patrol has set up a permanent base in a remote section of the New Mexico desert so they can patrol the heavily trafficked region more than once a day. If US President Donald Trump follows through on his promise, it won't be the first time the US has sent the military or armed militias to the US-Mexico border. (File | AP)
In this April 19, 2011, file photo, U.S. National Guard troops patrol near the Hidalgo International Bridge in Hidalgo, Texas. National Guard troops have augmented the Border Patrol's 21,000 agents by almost 6 percent since July 2010. (File | AP)
In this Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2015, aerial file photo, a US Customs and Border Protection Air and Marine agent looks out along the Rio Grande on the Texas-Mexico border in Rio Grande City, Texas. US Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said Wednesday, April 4, 2018, that President Donald Trump and border-state governors are working to 'immediately' deploy the National Guard to the US-Mexico border to fight illegal immigration. (File | AP)
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