Archive for Thursday, May 25, 2006

National Guard to deploy to border next week

May 25, 2006


— The National Guard on Wednesday announced it would start sending soldiers to the Mexican border next week.

The chief of the National Guard, Lt. Gen. H. Steven Blum, told a hearing of the House Armed Services Committee that about 800 soldiers - or roughly 200 for each of the four states bordering Mexico - will be deployed as soon as next Wednesday.

The Guard is preparing to send 6,000 soldiers, in 21-day rotations, to assist the Border Patrol with non-enforcement tasks until the Border Patrol recruits, hires and trains an additional 6,000 agents.


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