July 19th, 2010
01:59 PM ET

Officials: National Guard troops headed to border next month

CNN Wire Staff

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The United States will deploy 1,200 National Guard troops to assist with border protection starting August 1, the Obama administration announced Monday.

In addition, approximately 300 additional Customs and Border Protection agents will be added and will be complemented by an increase in technology and six aircraft, Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Alan Bersin said Monday at a joint press conference with the Department of Defense and Department of Homeland Security.

Officials had previously announced the troop deployment, but a date for it had not been given.

Filed under: Border fence
soundoff (3 Responses)
  1. Robert Stroney

    1200 troops being sent to the border states is a good idea; changing times demand this Government Order. The war in Arizona is at the border with drug cartels and it's gushing into U.S. It's about time we secure our porous borders.

    July 19, 2010 at 2:33 pm |
  2. randy j comeaux

    Ilegals crossing the border have for some time been a matter of national security

    Illegals carrying disease , drugs , guns , and even bombs

    What easier way for a terrorist to come into the country than over the border illegally

    What exactly are the Army National Guard protecting at their present locations ?

    Relocate one of the Army National Guard Bases to the border an lets get this stopped once and for all

    July 19, 2010 at 2:23 pm |
  3. zehfilardo

    The temperature raises at the border.

    What will the next step be? Escalate to war on Mexico?

    July 19, 2010 at 2:14 pm |

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