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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.
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