North Dakota National Guard contingent heads to border

October 11, 2021 GMT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Dozens of North Dakota National Guard troops are head to the southern border.

The Bismarck Tribune reported Friday that 125 members of the Bismarck-based 957th Engineer Company have been deployed to the border for a year to help U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents as they contend with surges of migrants. The U.S. Army activated the Guard troops.

Gov. Doug Burgum and North Dakota National Guard commander Maj. Gen. Alan Dohrmann addressed the troops during a send-off ceremony on Bismarck on Friday. U.S. Sen. John Hoeven, who visited the border in March, joined the event virtually.