The Obama administration confirmed Tuesday that it will send 1,200 National Guard troops to the US-Mexican border in an effort to deter drug smuggling and illegal immigration.
They will join the 300 National Guard troops and 26,000 border and customs officials already stationed at the border. The troops will assist border agents in intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance, but will not be directly engaged in law enforcement activities.
Additionally, the administration will request a $500 million supplemental appropriations bill from Congress in order to assist in law enforcement efforts along the border. Texas Governor Rick Perry has expressed support for the move, describing it as a good start. Arizona Senators John McCain and Jon Kyl also described it as an "important first step," but continued:
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