Obama Mulls Sending National Guard to Border | NBC Bay Area
With drug-related violence growing along the Mexican border, the U.S. is considering deploying troops to the Southwest, according to a Department of Homeland Security official.
Senior officials say the Obama administration is developing plans to seek up to 1,500 National Guard volunteers to help combat the drug war along the Mexican border.
“You can’t fight this war with just one hand,” President Barack Obama has said. “You can’t have Mexico making an effort and the United States not making an effort.”
I think we should send the boy scouts for this job.
Gov. Janet Napolitano on Thursday signed an agreement for Arizona to participate in a federal plan to deploy 6,000 National Guard soldiers in the four southern border states to help curb illegal immigration,
with 300 Arizona National Guard soldiers set to participate beginning in mid-June. The National Guard troops will be used for engineering, road and fence building, transportation, logistics and surveillance, reconnaissance and port-of-entry duties but not direct law enforcement.
Why did President Bush do this? Bush promised funding in his plan to send up to 6,000 National Guard
troops to Arizona and the three other states along the U.S.-Mexico border to perform support duties that would free up federal authorities to focus on border security until more Border Patrol agents are hired and trained.
Now why does President Obama want to send the National Guard to the Mexican boarder?
President Barack Obama has said. “You can’t fight this war with just one hand, You can’t have Mexico making an effort and the United States not making an effort.”
Senior administration officials said the Guard program will last no longer than a year, a one year effort,
would draw on National Guard volunteers from the four border states. The program would mainly seek out guard members for surveillance, intelligence analysis and aviation support. Guard units would also supply ground troops who could assist at border crossings and with land and air transportation.
Now here is the real reason President Obama is doing this. President Barack Obama promised his Mexican counterpart, Felipe Calderon, that the United States would help with the escalating drug war. So now President Obama is throwing Mexican president Calderon a bone.
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