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Obama set to send 1,200 troops to US-Mexico border

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama will send 1,200 National Guard troops to help secure the U.S.-Mexico border, an administration official and an Arizona congresswoman said Tuesday, 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, they said.

The National Guard troops will work on intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance support, analysis and training, and support efforts blocking drug trafficking. The troops will temporarily supplement border patrol agents until Customs and Border Patrol can recruit and train additional officers and agents to serve on the border, the administration official said.

The official, speaking on condition of anonymity ahead of a public announcement, disclosed the plans shortly after Obama met at the Capitol with Republican senators who pressed him on immigration issues including the question of sending Guard troops to the border.

Arizona Republican Sens. John McCain and Jon Kyl have been urging such a move and Republicans planned to try to attach it as an amendment to a pending war spending bill.

In a speech Tuesday on the Senate floor, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., said the situation on the border has “greatly deteriorated.” He called for 6,000 National Guard troops to be sent to the U.S.-Mexico border.

“I appreciate the additional 1,200 being sent … as well as an additional $500 million, but it’s simply not enough,” McCain said.

Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz., said in a statement that the administration would announce the deployments later in the day Tuesday.

Homeland Security and Pentagon officials have been jousting over the possible National Guard deployment for the better part of a year. Pentagon officials worried about perceptions that the U.S. was militarizing the border and did not want Guard troops to perform law enforcement duties.

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  1. Not unlike Arizona law, Mexican statutes are even more stringent in policing its own people. Police in any province need no reason to check a individuals identity. Illegal Aliens are subject to two years in prison and reentry could place you in incarceration for ten years. The General Law on Population in Mexico is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to anybody illegally in the country. But the President of Mexico had the nerve to smear Arizona policing laws, even as pro-Amnesty Dems applauded his speech. We must program ourselves to throw out all incumbents, anti-sovereignty lawmakers who are planning to force through another path to citizenship. The last one in 1986 was a progressive catastrophe that not only cost hundreds of billions of dollars in welfare in following years, but the border fence remained unsealed, uncompleted. Sen. Harry Reid, the majority leader nearly sacrificed any chance of stopping illegal immigrants from infesting the workplace by nearly derailing E-Verify. The double layer border fence was secretly underfunded, that left us with an inferior fence that has caused the terrible situation in Arizona.
    Prior President Bush deployed and then removed 6000 troops from the border that had been a wonderful deterrent, to stop the invasion of illegal immigrants and now the propagation of criminal drug activity. Public harassment of Washington has moved President Obama to rethink his strategic policies and announced the deployment of 1200 troops along the border fence, but once again without the powers of arrest. Even so 20 to 30 million illegal aliens already here are draining welfare coffers, brought upon America by greed of corporate opportunists who hire foreign labor. The majority of citizens are against any path to citizenship for law breakers, so we must be ready to close the door on the incumbents beginning in June with Senator Harry Reid. Others will soon get the message, but in Reid’s Nevada there is a large population of illegal immigrants who will violate the laws to vote. NumbersUSA is one of the pro-sovereignty organizations growing in number to stop further travesties of the US Constitution.

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