Local soldier discusses possible deployment to US-Mexico border

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DENISON, Texas (KXII) President Donald Trump announced the mobilization of the National Guard to the US Mexico border to support the Department of Homeland Security last week.

Denison resident Dean Spader is a sergeant in the Texas Army National Guard Military Police Unit in Tyler.

"If they call us to do it then it would be an honor to do it,” Spader said.

He says he hasn't gotten the call yet but so far the Texas Military Department has already deployed 250 personnel and support equipment with Defense Secretary James N. Mattis authorizing funding for up to 4,000 National Guard troops through September.

“Currently we aren’t going anywhere but there is always that possibility of course,” Spader said.

Some local residents think securing the border is a good idea.

“America has always been a melting pot which is good but I think protection, government and taxes is important.” Denison resident Avalon Plauche said.

And those who serve say they would be honored to be a part of it.

“It is a good thing,” Spader said. “That is what we sign up for. We want to protect the citizens of the United States.”

President Barrack Obama sent 1,200 National Guard troops to the border in 2010. President George W. Bush sent 6,000 in 2006.