May 25th, 2010
04:00 PM ET

Obama to send up to 1,200 troops to Mexico border

President Barack Obama will deploy up to 1,200 more National Guard troops to the U.S. border with Mexico, an administration official told CNN on Tuesday.

In addition, Obama will request $500 million in supplemental funds to current spending for enhanced border protection and law enforcement activities, the official said.

The National Guard troops will help with drug enforcement efforts and intelligence efforts until Customs and Border Patrol can recruit and train additional officers and agents to serve on the border, the official said.

The news followed Obama's lunch meeting with Senate Republicans, where Sen. John McCain of Arizona raised the issue of increased border security. McCain and fellow Arizona Republican Sen. Jon Kyl, as well as Democratic Rep. Gabrielle Giffords of Arizona, have called for Obama to send more troops to the border region.

"It's simply not enough," McCain said Tuesday on the Senate floor. He called for 3,000 more National Guard troops just for the Arizona-Mexico border.

Giffords, who had called for the National Guard's deployment immediately after the March 27 murder of Cochise County rancher Rob Krentz, said Obama's step was "the right thing."

"Arizonans know that more boots on the ground means a safer and more secure border," Giffords said in a written statement. "Washington heard our message."

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  1. rightonsista

    I'd like to see Al Sharpton, boycott for the imprisonment of African-American males at an alarming rate. Let's not support whites or mexicans, they won't even hire us, even after we've bought all that greasy food and mickey d's.

    May 25, 2010 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Wayne Schmand

    I guess that now I'm supposed to beleive that the administration is suddenly serious about immigration. Oh spare me and pass the tea.

    May 25, 2010 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Matthew J

    I am not sure if it was the state cheaping out on its police force or the feds cheaping out on border protection. I think I need to apply to border patrol

    May 25, 2010 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse |
  4. John

    we dont need to sent troops to help out mexico what we need is to stop that oil spill. thats what we need to do.

    May 25, 2010 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • TammyB

      We are not sending troops to help our Mexico....we are sending them to help out the border States in the US. We also need to solve the gulf oil spill problems, as well, however, not sure what the military could do there....we need a solution on how to clean the spill effectively.

      May 25, 2010 at 5:26 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Brant

    What a weak decision by our President! Send 20,000 to 30,000 National Guard troops and quickly crush all the cartels with blunt force. The faster we destroy the cartels, the less money is needed in the long run.

    May 25, 2010 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
  6. billclinton3

    I'm not an Obama fan, but this is a good move he's making here. In Mexico you've got gangs with automatic weapons; decapitating people and putting their heads on light posts.

    May 25, 2010 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
  7. publius enigma

    The national guard will be there to provide immigrants water and protection from Arizona law enforcement.

    May 25, 2010 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Lourdes Nunez

    jajjajajajajaja...las tropas en la frontera y los bombarderos en New York.....jejejejejejej.... The troops at the border and the car bombers in New York or American suburbs,,,,how ironic

    May 25, 2010 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Martin

    So long as the national guard are actually allowed to defend the border, and won't end up in jail for shooting an armed known drug smuggler.

    May 25, 2010 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
  10. rgpaps

    Funny!! The Govt. has spent over a trillion dollars on the fight on drugs and to NOOO success and only a 1/10 tenth of it has ever been used. Once Americans realize that we are the problem and not the suppliers from Mexico then this war on drugs is likely to go on for years and years to come. WAKE UP AMERICANS just say NOOOOOO.....yea riiiiiiiiiiiiight.....LOL!!!!!!!

    May 25, 2010 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • billclinton3

      go tell gucci mane and lil wayne to stop rapping about drugs. wait, i mean tell the middle aged white record label exec to stop publishing their music

      May 25, 2010 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dan

      JUST SAY YES to legalization!

      May 25, 2010 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse |
  11. bigs

    ICE ICE BABY!

    May 25, 2010 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
  12. hispanic from oklahoma

    thats what we need to do stop worring about the mexico thing and lets get the oil fixed govt needs to step in and take charge

    May 25, 2010 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
    • TammyB

      You stop worrying about the Mexico thing...I'm in a border state and it affects me! The oil spill will affect ALL OF US, so I am worried about that too. But the "Mexico thing" needs to be fixed as well.

      May 25, 2010 at 5:23 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Kir99

    I guess will of the people works time to time. Arizona people shoud feel proud, they force feds to move their fat buts
    BTW, are LA and SF city goverments going to anounce boycott of Obama administration?

    May 25, 2010 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
  14. John C

    Greatest president in our lifetimes!

    The moronic posts here reveal that the haters hate no matter what he says or does. The point is he is addressing it even though he know the nitwits will use whatever he does to excite the brainless ditto heads into a rage. They just have to wait for tlak radio to tell them what it is that upsets them.

    You Bush supporters are funny. The reason we keep bringing up his name is because we are dealing with his mistakes. Now and for years to come. To complain that Obama is fighting two wars is pretty revealing. The economy, the jobs, the environment... we will be tlaking about and tryin gto fix Bush mistakes for years. The last thing we need is to listen to the people that thought or still think W was a good idea.

    May 25, 2010 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Paul

      John C, I would love to get your opinion about Obama letting the Mexican President trash the State of Arizona's enforcement law and then the Administration and all the Left wings wacko's gave him a Standing ovation like he was giving a State of the Union or something. no respecting President should EVER allow a diplomat from another country insult any Americans and then give him a standing ovation? seriously? certainly not the "best president in my lifetime" Most notably....THE WORST George W is in 2nd place behind him as 2nd worst.

      May 25, 2010 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • TammyB

      I hated Bush and voted for Obama. However, some of the things he's done are not exactly what I personally would have chosen my leader to do. Letting a foreign dignatary come into our "house" and disrespect us here, lost a lot of respect and somehow regretted that I did vote for him. As for fixing Bush's mistakes, undoubtedly, but he hasn't yet. The border problem is actually about 25 to 30 years old, well before Bush. No administration within the last 25 to 30 years has paid much attention to the border states. I agree that Obama is trying to get a lot accomplished, but it is yet to be proven that he is the best president of our time.

      May 25, 2010 at 5:18 pm | Report abuse |
  15. tomhulu

    Lest see 1200 troops 3 shifts =400 troops per shift factor in time off, weekends = 250 per shift.

    How long is that Arizona/Texas border with Mexico? Will 250 additonal boots on ground help? yes but it will barely be a dent.

    They are now going to say – ok we have secured border how about immigration reform now. Until we can show that our borders are secure and we have an proven and aceptable means of determining who is here legally there should be no immigration reform.

    May 25, 2010 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Lisa

      Your math is wrong. Obviously you have not served in the military, or on a deployment. There is no "weekend" and if there is it is only a day. There are no "3 shifts", it is 2 12-hours shifts. I wish people would stop complaining about the military and join us. Then you would understand. Don't forget leaving our jobs and family for an unknown amount of time, guarding a border, and having people complain that we aren't doing enough...

      May 25, 2010 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • tomhulu

      Ok Lisa I am wrong. Just did not know that these 1200 will work non stop in 12 hour shifts with no time off.

      May 25, 2010 at 4:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Paul

      I agree with you on the no amnesty. We MUST secure the ENTIRE border and the security MUST be proven before we even discuss any immigration reform. I say re-instate the already started fence that has been stalled forever, that's the best idea in my opinion.

      May 25, 2010 at 4:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • tomhulu

      Lisa, not saying that you guys are not doing enoug but rather that you are given an impossible task to secure the border with only 1200 troops; or rather 600 per shift with no time off.

      In fact they should appoint a general with sole responsibility to secure the borders then come back and tell us what he needs to seal the borders. Now to come to think of it, McCain and Obama are doing political theatre.

      How do they know how many troops are needed. Did they get a military expert to access the situation? Sounds like another good PR campaign. We should have comprehnsive border security reform instead.

      May 25, 2010 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • tomhulu

      Paul – you made my point. What is the point of a x00 mile fence in a x000 mile border? Well whole point is that when they announced building the fence politicans get to have their pictures taken and make grand speechs. However once the media spotlight moves on, they stop funding and we are back to sqaure one.

      So we need proven, audited border security as well as en effective way to ensure that those that are here are here legally. Once they can prove that (I think it will take a few years), I am ok with amnesty. But it would be stupid to grant amnesty before we have a proven effective border security system.

      Afterall how can you have amnesty when you cannot control the borders nor know who is here legally?

      May 25, 2010 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse |
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