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Texas Army National Guard Spc. Richard Douglas, and his sponsor Sgt. Matthew Schrader, 3rd Battalion-144th Infantry Regiment, complete the 12-mile ruck march at the annual Texas Military Department Best Warrior Competition at Camp Swift near Bastrop, Texas, March 4, 2017. (U.S. Army National Guard photo by Sgt. Marline Duncan)

AUSTIN, Texas — The billions of dollars that Texas has spent on border security in recent years will no longer include a lengthy Texas National Guard deployment.

Republican Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced Monday that Guard members who remain on the U.S.-Mexico border will begin taking federal orders this month. The transition comes three years after Texas started using the Guard in a largely surveillance role.

Lt. Col. Travis Walters is a spokesman with the Texas Air National Guard. He says about 100 service members remain on the mission. Walter says the federal government will pay more than $2 million to fund them through September.

Abbott signed a new state budget in June that includes spending another $800 million on border security through 2019.

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