Gov. McMaster to send SC Army National Guard troops to Texas border

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster announced Friday he is sending Army National Guard troops to the Texas border.

The move is in support of Operation Guardian Support following President Donald Trump's order protect the southern border of the United States.

Defense Secretary James N. Mattis signed orders in April authorizing funding for troops for the operation through Sept. 30, under the "command and control of their respective governors." The U.S. sending troops to the border isn't new, but is notable given rising tension in the area concerning a central American group of migrants who recently approached the area seeking asylum in the United States.

"The highly trained men and women of the South Carolina National Guard are ready and able to support President Trump's mission to secure the country's border," McMaster said in a statement. "Our entire state is grateful for their service and sacrifice."

McMaster told The Associated Press in April that he offered troops to help Republican Texas Gov. Greg Abbott. He added it's one state helping another, like other states help South Carolina after hurricanes.

Copyright 2018 WCSC. Information from the Associated Press contributed to this report.