TOPEKA Gov. Kathleen Sebelius today questioned President Bush's expected announcement tonight that he will call up thousands of National Guard troops to patrol the Mexican border.
"If you take that number of National Guard troops out of home commitments at a time where we're looking for tornados and hurricanes and other natural disasters, I really think that leaves states in a much more compromised situation," Sebelius said.
Bush, in a televised speech this evening, is expected to say he plans to use the troops to support the Border Patrol along the 2,000-mile boundary between the U.S. and Mexico.
Sebelius said she has not been contacted by the White House on the plan, and didn't know if the proposal meant the use of any Kansas guardsmen.
"I guess I can tune on the television and see what we're told about it tonight, but we have not had any contact about this mission whatsoever," she said.
Bush will speak at 7 p.m. All major networks plan to cover the speech live.