July 19th, 2010
12:22 PM ET

U.S. to send 1,200 National Guard to border

The United States will deploy 1,200 National Guard troops to assist with southwest border protection starting August 1, the Obama administration announced Monday.

In addition, approximately 300 additional Customs and Border Protection agents will be added and will be complemented by an increase in technology and six aircraft, Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Alan Bersin said Monday at a joint press conference with the Department of Defense and Department of Homeland Security.

Officials had previously announced the troop deployment, but a date for it had not been given.

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  1. oscar

    Great now that the bo

    July 19, 2010 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
  2. oscar

    great now that yhe border is being protected lets talk about real ommigration eeform one that puts individuals on the path to citizenship. america is what it is today because of the labor of slaves and immigrants of different ethnicities....

    July 19, 2010 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
  3. PH53

    Where are the rednecked post about Obama now? Pathetic...

    July 19, 2010 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • TexVet

      1200 troops going to protect the border is a joke.....nothing but showboat.....everybody knows that

      July 19, 2010 at 3:13 pm | Report abuse |
  4. jose reyna

    Please remember what god jesus said, love your neighbor, please pray for mexico and

    July 19, 2010 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
  5. KC

    The Government has based its case on the pre-emption arguement. However, can we say that is the best strategy? Follow this argument. In its suit, the Federal Government relies upon the following: 'Congress has assigned to the United States Department of Homeland Security, Department of Justice, and Department of State, along with other federal agencies, the task of enforcing and administering these immigration-related laws.' Based, in part, on the above, the Federal Government is seeking injunctive relief: An order from a Federal judge to block the implementation and enforcement of the legislation, and do so before the law goes into effect.

    July 19, 2010 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
  6. KC

    But, injunctive relief cuts both ways. What happens when Arizona, using an affirmative defense, also seeks injunctive relief in the form of Mandamus (we command)? What when citing the above ('Congress has assigned..."), Arizona then demands on behalf of it's citizens for the court to issue a writ of mandamus ordering the Federal Government to immediately enforce the existing US immigration laws already on the books?

    When that happens, and when the Government violates the order, Will the Government then be held in contempt?

    July 19, 2010 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
  7. KC

    Obama and the others are doing nothing more than attempting to cover their tracks -now that THEY (Obama and the worthless administration) have Failed to Do what is REQUIRED of them as they swore too in their oath of office. –

    July 19, 2010 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • TexVet

      you are so correct. Bama sending 1200 troops is a pathetic attempt to cover his back.

      July 19, 2010 at 3:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • MARK

      The first duty of our government is to protect us from foreign invasion. I'm not sure the Bush administration served the America public any better than the Obama administration has. This is not a political party issue that can be resolved by putting a republican in the white house.

      July 19, 2010 at 6:03 pm | Report abuse |
  8. mysterious fruit

    How do you translate Homeland Security into German?

    July 19, 2010 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
    • TexVet

      Are you on the right board?

      July 19, 2010 at 3:14 pm | Report abuse |
  9. mysterious fruit

    Guess who's lives will be put at risk in helping to clean up the Gulf oil spillage?

    July 19, 2010 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Cocopuf

    This should have been done a few years ago. Hopefully those guards have been trained properly to do this job.

    July 19, 2010 at 8:42 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Mizlplix

    I hope they give them ammunition and water this time...LOL

    July 20, 2010 at 8:35 am | Report abuse |
  12. grrace

    What a bloody waste of money and time, for a bunch of racist whiners.

    July 20, 2010 at 9:28 am | Report abuse |