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1,200 National Guard Troops Heading to Mexico Border

Obama trying to woo GOP on immigration reform
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted May 25, 2010 2:15 PM CDT

(Newser) – President Obama is trying to prove to skeptical Republicans that he's willing to get tough on border security. In exchange, he wants their help passing immigration reform this year. In a visit to Capitol Hill today, Obama told GOP lawmakers that he will deploy 1,200 National Guard troops to the US-Mexico border and seek $500 million in additional funds for related security, reports the Arizona Daily Star.

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Republicans have been reluctant to back immigration reform until the border is secure, writes Michael D. Shear in the Washington Post. Obama's offer, however, may not be enough: John McCain says he's going to push for 6,000 troops. "The violence has crossed the border and escalated to a point where many Arizonans do not feel safe within their own homes," he and fellow Arizona Sen. Jon Kyl wrote to the president last week.
(Read more President Obama stories.)

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