Ariz. Governor Orders Troops To Border

Jacques Billeaud, AP, March 9, 2006

PHOENIX—Gov. Janet Napolitano on Wednesday ordered more National Guardsmen posted at the Mexican border to help stop illegal immigrants and curb related crimes.

National Guard troops have worked at the border since 1988, but Napolitano signed an order authorizing commanders to station an unspecified number of additional soldiers there to help federal agents.

Once the funding is approved, the troops will monitor crossing points, assist with cargo inspection and operate surveillance cameras, according to the order.

“They are not there to militarize the border,” the governor said. “We are not at war with Mexico.”

About 170 National Guardsmen are already posted at the nation’s busiest illegal entry point, where they assist with communications, fence construction and anti-drug efforts.

{snip}

Topics:

Share This

We welcome comments that add information or perspective, and we encourage polite debate. If you log in with a social media account, your comment should appear immediately. If you prefer to remain anonymous, you may comment as a guest, using a name and an e-mail address of convenience. Your comment will be moderated.

Comments are closed.