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Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Obama orders 1,200 Guard troops to border

MSNBC: TUCSON, Ariz. - President Barack Obama on Tuesday ordered 1,200 National Guard troops to boost security along the U.S.-Mexico border, pre-empting Republican plans to try to force votes on such a deployment. Obama will also request $500 million for border protection and law enforcement activities, according to lawmakers and administration officials. . . .

A military official said Tuesday that details were still being worked out on the troops' orders and destinations, adding that the timing of their deployment was not yet clear. Also undetermined was which units from which states would deploy.

Administration officials said the National Guard troops will work on intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance support, analysis and training, and support efforts to block drug trafficking. They will temporarily supplement Border Patrol agents until Customs and Border Protection can recruit and train additional officers and agents to serve on the border, according to a letter Tuesday from top administration security officials to Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Carl Levin, D-Mich. . . .

Officials also said the funds will be used to enhance technology at the border and share information and support between law enforcement agencies as they target illegal trafficking in people, drugs, weapons and money. More than 20,000 Border Patrol agents are deployed now, mostly along the nation's southern border. There are 344 U.S. National Guard troops also working along the border.

Immigration issue in spotlight Obama has been all but compelled to do something since Arizona's passage of a tough illegal-immigration law thrust the border problem into the public spotlight.

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer on Tuesday credited her signing of the controversial new law for compelling Obama to act. The law requires state and local police to investigate the immigration status of people they reasonably suspect are in the country illegally. Brewer said in a statement that the law "clearly ignited the talk of action in Washington for the people of Arizona and other border states."

Brewer echoed other officials and said she was "anxious" to hear additional details setting out where, how, and for how long additional forces would be deployed. . . . [Full Story]

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