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Gianforte announces Montana National Guard deployment to Texas border

Montana governor declares southern border emergency, says 10 Guardsmen will provide assistance policing cross-border drug trafficking

Gov. Greg Gianforte announced last week that the state is deploying a small number of Montana National Guard troops to the nation's southern border, describing the action as an effort to help the state of Texas police cross-border drug trafficking in light of what he described as inaction by the federal government.

According to the announcement, 10 Montana National Guardsmen have volunteered for active duty as part of Texas' Operation Lone Star. The Guardsmen are scheduled to arrive in Texas April 8 and return home May 12.

In a statement, Montana National Guard Adjutant General J. Peter Hronek...

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