April 19th, 2010
01:20 PM ET

Senators want troops along U.S. – Mexico border

Sens. Jon Kyl and John McCain, both Republicans from Arizona, called Monday for the immediate deployment of 3,000 National Guard troops to the state's border with Mexico and other steps to increase security.

Illegal aliens crossing the border into Arizona from Mexico were causing a spike in crime and other problems that needed immediate attention, said Kyl and McCain at a news conference with two Arizona sheriffs.

"The situation has spiraled out of control," McCain said, noting that 17 percent of those caught trying to illegally enter Arizona from Mexico had U.S. criminal records.

McCain and Kyl repeated a past call for 3,000 National Guard troops to be sent to the border right away, along with federal funding for another 3,000 U.S. Customs and Border agents to be deployed along the Arizona-Mexico border by 2015.

In addition, their 10-point plan calls for a double-row border fence, increased mobile surveillance of the border region, more federal funding and hardship duty pay for border patrol agents in the most dangerous areas.

"You can't live in Arizona and not have this problem every day," Kyl said. "People are fed up."

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  1. HernandeUSA

    Wow, it took 20 years and number of American lives and coming election to get our leader to finally do something semi positive to support our southern borders.

    California and Texas need to join the patrols with double the troops.

    April 19, 2010 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Jared

    sounds like a job for the... NATIONAL GUARD ta daaaaa!

    April 19, 2010 at 3:04 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Filbert Flubottom

    Next thing South Park will show is Jesus boiling in a vat of hot semen. Oh wait, the Jews already have that idea in their holy books. My bad.

    April 22, 2010 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |

    I am retired us mil 23 1/2 years active duty service UMMMM Only one thing wrong with this idea from these old stupid men is that it is ILLEAGAL!! Read the laws !!

    April 23, 2010 at 6:20 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Jim Marshall

    If the federal government were making any effort to uphold the immigration laws of the USA, Arizona would not have to be in the spotlight right now.

    Legal immigration renews the american culture.

    Illegal immigration decays it.

    Start enforcing immigration laws.

    April 27, 2010 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
  6. apalmerjr

    Too bad they didn't put troops on the border years ago. If they had, we wouldn't have to put up with a Mexican parade every time we want to change our immigration laws. This is our country, not theirs, we have a right to make any type of immigration law we want. If they don't like it I'd be glad to point them south.

    April 27, 2010 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Ken Caples

    Ok, so five lettuce pickers from Mexico were caught dumping fecal matter on crops in Arizona. Could this possibly be what has happened? Were they found in Arizona with no papers! Oh what a tragedy! There were so many benefits that the Obama administration wanted to give them. How can this happen at a time when they are getting so much attention?

    May 8, 2010 at 9:43 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Rich Miller

    If troops are needed so badly, why doesn't the Governor call up the National Guard?

    May 25, 2010 at 2:27 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Roy

    The use of troops, even regular army, is not illegal to defend our borders from invasion.

    The use of those same troops to attack a Mid Eastern country without a declaration of war probably is.

    June 8, 2010 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |