Governor Asa Hutchinson, apparently on board with President Donald Trump's fight against illegal immigration, as the governor offers to send Arkansas National Guardsmen to help border patrol agents on the U.S.-Mexico border, according to KATV in Little Rock.
Major William Phillips with the Arkansas National Guard says they haven't received official orders just yet, but that they're ready to go at a moment's notice.
"We are currently always ready, always there. The governor says, 'go', we're ready," Phillips said.
While Phillips says he can't talk about future operations, he does bring up a past mission known as Operation Jump Start, where 750 Arkansas National Guard airmen helped the Border Patrol carry out security operations from 2006 to 2008.
"We also are uniquely qualified to provide intelligence operations; i.e., we are that extra set of eyes that the Border Patrol agency needs."
Guardsmen, Phillips explains, would essentially be there to provide security and assistance--freeing up Border Patrol to carry out its own missions.
"We'd just increase their manpower. We'd send soldiers or airmen down to perform whatever duties they decide they need."
Last time, with Operation Jump Start, troops were sent down on a Title 32 status, meaning the federal government paid for it, but troops were under governor control.
Right now roughly 8,600 soldiers and airmen make up the Arkansas National Guard.