National Guard Troops Head to the Border

THe beefed up border security is to help stop the flow of drugs and illegal immigrants.

By Susan Taylor
|  Tuesday, Jul 20, 2010  |  Updated 10:16 AM PDT
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Twelve-hundred National Guard troops are readying to deploy to the U.S. Mexico border.  

Their mission?  To help fight the flow of illegal immigrants and drugs into the U.S. The troops will be stationed in California, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas.

Their deployment, which begins Aug. 1, is expected to last at least a year.

Drug-violence has recently  exploded in Mexico, and that violence has been spilling into the U.S.  In California, 224 troops will be on patrol. As for the rules of engagement?

"The National Guard will be there to support the efforts of law enforcement," said Commissioner Alan Bersin with U.S. Customs and Border Protection, "not to confront unless confronted by any particular threat." 

The beefed-up plan comes as the debate over illegal immigration intensifies in the U.S. Critics say the federal government has not done enough to tackle the problem.

Federal officials say the border is more secure then ever.
 
 

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