President Donald Trump is making the right move by calling for the National Guard to be deployed to the southern border, and Arizona residents living near the border are excited about the decision, Rep. Martha McSally said Friday.
"I strongly support the president's decision to send the National Guard to the border," the Arizona Republican told Fox News' "America's Newsroom." "The president is a man of action and he appropriately is impatient and this is the right thing to do."
McSally, who is campaigning for the Senate seat now held by outgoing Sen. Jeff Flake, told the program that she is "just as frustrated" as Trump over the matter of funding a border wall and the situation with illegal immigration.
"I represent a border community, border residents and they are tired of seeing the obstructionism coming out of the Democrats in order to do what it takes to build the wall, to get the agents what they need, to close the loopholes and to secure our borders," said McSally. "This is absolutely the right thing to do."
Former Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush have also sent in troops, she pointed out.
"I've been in touch with fifth generation ranchers down there, and they are excited about this decision, and are ready to receive the National Guard at the border," she said.
The National Guard's role is a supportive one, but still comes at a high cost, but McSally said the nation can't afford not to secure its border, and the money will be well spent.
"We need to do whatever it takes to secure our border," she said, who herself served as a U.S. Air Force fighter pilot.
"What I'm trying to say is these National Guardsmen are actually going to be getting training in their career fields and doing things that help with their capabilities, should they need to deploy. If you have an intelligence analyst helping with border security it builds their skills as part of their training if they have to deploy somewhere else. It is not either/or."
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