TUCSON, Ariz. — The Obama administration plans to announce Tuesday that it will send as many as 1,200 National Guard troops to the
U.S.-Mexico border to improve border security, an Arizona congresswoman
Democratic Rep. Gabrielle Giffords also said in a statement released Tuesday that President Obama will request $500 million in funding for border security.
Part of Giffords’ district borders Mexico.
In 2006, President George W. Bush sent thousands of troops to the border to perform support duties that tie up immigration agents. The troops wouldn’t perform significant law enforcement duties.
That program has since ended, and politicians in border states have called
for troops to be sent there to curb human and drug smuggling and prevent
Mexico’s drug violence from spilling over into the United States.