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First National Guard troops to deploy to border soon

California National Guard troops, who are part of Task Force Sierra, which is being deployed at the border along with Border Patrol Agents near the California/Mexico border on Wednesday Aug. 18, 2010 in San Diego.  (AP Photo/San Diego Union-Tribune, John Gibbins)

California National Guard troops, who are part of Task Force Sierra, which is being deployed at the border along with Border Patrol Agents near the California/Mexico border on Wednesday Aug. 18, 2010 in San Diego. (AP Photo/San Diego Union-Tribune, John Gibbins)

The first of 524 National Guard troops being allocated to Arizona’s border with Mexico are set to be deployed by the end of August.

Lt. Valentine Castillo, a spokesman for the Arizona National Guard, says training for the troops has been under way for weeks and that the first group will be on the border around Aug. 30.

More deployments will follow every Monday after that, until all are deployed by the end of September.

Meanwhile California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said Wednesday that the first of 224 National Guard troops allocated for his state have finished their training and are expected to be deployed to California’s border Sept. 1.

The moves are part of President Barack Obama’s proposal to deploy 1,200 National Guard personnel along the U.S.-Mexico border.

The deployment will last up to one year in support of counter-drug and border security operations.

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One comment

  1. This is just a start in the long process of securing our border.
    The border will probably never be “sealed”, it would be too difficult,
    but it can be made a lot more secure.
    Yes, there are more border patrol agents on the border now, compared to ten years ago, but there also are many more cartel, gang, and criminal entities
    crossing our border everyday.

    If we don’t secure the border reasonably well now, we will pay
    dearly for it soon.
    These people who are committing atrocities on the Mexican Government,
    and the Mexican army, must be stopped now.
    Only a complete fool would think that these atrocities will stay in Mexico.

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