national guard


Definition of national guard

1 : a military establishment serving as a national constabulary and defense force
2 capitalized : a militia force recruited by each state of the U.S., equipped by the federal government, and jointly maintained subject to the call of either

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And 68 percent approve of the use of the national guard to do the job. Dallas News, "Mexico wrestles with its identity as the national guard helps Trump and López Obrador crack down on migrants," 29 June 2019 Representative Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii, who needs two more polls showing her with 2 percent to make the stage, is on national guard duty in Indonesia. James Pindell,, "For many presidential candidates, Election Day might as well be next week," 21 Aug. 2019 Troop levels at the border, including both active duty military and national guard, have at times surpassed 5,000 since President Trump began deploying them there in the fall of 2018. NBC News, "Trump administration wants to keep troops at U.S.-Mexico border through Sept. 2020," 2 Aug. 2019 The latter drove ahead to detect checkpoints, since Mexico has boosted police, military and national guard in the area to crack down on migration. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Fear, bribes, gangs, coyotes: A Guatemalan’s trek to the US," 30 July 2019 In addition, Mexico sent 6,500 national guard troops to its southern border to block them from traveling through Mexico. Rafael Carranza, azcentral, "Once overflowing migrant shelters along southern border closing as releases plummet," 26 July 2019 In a joint declaration earlier this month, Mexico agreed to increase its enforcement efforts along its southern border with Guatemala, including deploying its national guard troops. CBS News, "Trump says he considers Mexico a friend "this week"," 20 June 2019 Gonzalez said Mexican national guard troops recently increased their presence along the river, helping reduce the number of migrants crossing illegally this month. Los Angeles Times, "Migrant traffic on the busiest stretch of border has decreased, but is the shift significant?," 27 July 2019 Border walls and national guard deployments don’t address the reason migrants are seeking opportunities elsewhere, which is of course a lack of economic opportunities and prosperity at home. John Detrixhe, Quartz, "A US-Mexico migration deal has defused Trump’s tariff threat—for now," 8 June 2019

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First Known Use of national guard

1792, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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: a part of the United States military whose members are recruited by each state, equipped by the federal government, and can be used by either the state or the country

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