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National Guard leaving border in June

California National Guard Sgt. Howard Schwenke stands in formation with California National Guard troops, who are part of Task Force Sierra, which is training for future deployment 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)  **  MANDATORY CREDIT, NO SALES, ONLINE OUT, NO ARCHIVING, SAN DIEGO COUNTY OUT, TV OUT, MAGS OUT, NO FORNS.  TABLOIDS OUT. WIDE WORLD OUT. COMMERCIAL INTERNET USE OUT **

California National Guard Sgt. Howard Schwenke stands in formation with California National Guard troops, who are part of Task Force Sierra, which is training for future deployment 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)

National Guard troops set up along the Arizona border will leave as planned the second week of June. Arizona National Guard Adjutant General Hugo Salazar says the mission along the southwestern border has gone well and troops helped the Department of Homeland Security watch the border while gathering intelligence against criminal cartels.

Homeland Security spokesman Matt Chandler tells The Arizona Republic that soldiers deployed along the border have helped seize more than 14,000 pounds of drugs and apprehended 7,000 illegal immigrants.

Gov. Jan Brewer said Tuesday she was disappointed the deployment was ending on schedule.

Brewer says the border region remains under threat from drug and human smugglers.

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