Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Obama to Send 1,200 Guard Troops to Mexico Border

President Obama will send up to 1,200 National Guard troops to the Southwest border and increase spending on law enforcement, yielding to demands from both Republican and Democratic lawmakers there that border security be tightened, administration officials said. Mr. Obama is expected to make the announcement Tuesday, the officials said, after a meeting with lawmakers. Homeland Security officials said that the troops would provide support to law enforcement officers already working along the border by helping observe and monitor traffic between official crossing points, and would help analyze trafficking patterns in hopes of intercepting illegal drug shipments. They performed similar tasks in an earlier deployment along the border from 2006 to 2008, when they also assisted with road and fence construction. The troops have not been involved directly in intercepting border crossers. Representative Gabrielle Giffords, a Democrat from southern Arizona, praised the decision. Ms. Giffords is expecting a strong challenge for reelection, and was an early proponent of sending troops to the border. In addition to the soldiers, the White House said it would request $500 million in supplemental funds to pay for more federal agents, prosecutors, investigators and technology at the border...more


Anonymous said...

Heaven forbid that we might militarize the border!!! My guess is that the troops either had to leave their ammo at home or can not load their weapons. Remember the last time they were sent to the border (I believe by the Clinton adm.) and their weapons were unloaded?

Frank DuBois said...

Yes, I remember, but it was under George W. Bush.

fun time said...

The wording has been clarified that they are not armed, or only there for drug couriers, shooting. I think this is contrary to all offices exec did and he said, because he took office.