Alaska governor offers use of troops along US-Mexico border

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Alaska is about 3,000 miles north of the United States (US)-Mexico border, but the state’s new Republican governor is offering President Donald Trump the use of the Alaska National Guard to patrol it, the Anchorage Daily News reported.

Governor Mike Dunleavy said in a video message that the soldiers would “stand ready to support the national security crisis on the US southern border”.

“While the southern border may seem far away and distant, this crisis is real and a potential threat to every American, including Alaskans,” he said in the message released on Friday.

Dunleavy press secretary Matt Shuckerow told the Daily News that no movement of the Alaska National Guard is planned. He said that if the soldiers were sent there, the federal government would pay most of the cost.