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Santa Cruz County Sheriff reacts to president sending troops to the border

NOGALES, Ariz. – The migrant caravan from Central America is 1,000 miles away from the nearest U.S. Mexico border.  However, President Trump is asking the Defense Secretary Jim Mattis to sign an order to send 800 or more troops to the southern border to support the Border Patrol.

Santa Cruz County Sheriff Tony Estrada told News 4 Tucson he thinks this order is a message of threat and is scaring people.

Santa Cruz County Sheriff Tony Estrada discusses the migrant caravan that approaches the border.

His county shares 50 miles of the U.S. Mexico border. He said he does not believe the federal troops are necessary.

He added the Border Patrol in Santa Cruz County is doing a good job, and they are already being assisted by the Arizona National Guard.

The caravan started strong and gained as many as 10,000 participants.  However, it has been reported that is now number almost half.

One man who is making the trek said they were looking for a better future, trying to get jobs and looking for the best.

Sheriff Estrada said he gives them credit for their determination.  He also said we are going to continue to see the flow of people coming into the United States.  He added this is the biggest and richest most powerful nation in the world up to recently one of the most compassionate in the world.

No word on when Secretary Mattis will sign the order.

Lupita Murillo

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