Chris Ornelas and Joshua Panas, KOB-TV (Albuquerque), March 4, 2008
The state said there will be a six month gap of vulnerability at the border when feds pull National Guard troops.
Sate homeland security said the National Guard on the border will leave in July, six months earlier than expected. Officials said border agents won’t take over until December at the earliest, leaving more than 180 miles of border virtually unwatched.
State officials said the feds are not saying what’s behind the early withdrawal of guard troops from across the country.
The state said the withdrawal leaves the New Mexico border vulnerable.