Texas, Arizona: We Need More Border Troops

Brewer, Perry say troop deployment nowhere near what's needed
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 29, 2010 5:59 AM CDT
Texas, Arizona Demand More Border Troops
A National Guard unit patrols at the Arizona-Mexico border.   (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, file)

An extra 1,200 National Guard troops are being sent to the Mexican border, but that's nowhere near enough to do the job, the governors of Arizona and Texas said yesterday. "What we heard wasn't anything what we hoped to hear," Jan Brewer said after a border security briefing. She has urged the administration to send 3,000 troops to secure the Arizona-Mexico border, but only 524 will be deployed to her state under the new plan.

Rick Perry says the 250 additional troops his state will be receiving are "insufficient to meet the needs of securing the Texas-Mexico border," the AP reports. The White House says the troops are being sent to "complement the unprecedented resources and additional efforts already devoted by this administration to securing the Southwest border." (Read more Arizona stories.)

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