July 16th, 2010
11:59 AM ET
4 years ago

Schwarzenegger orders National Guard troops to Mexico border

(CNN) - California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger ordered a temporary deployment Friday of National Guard troops to the U.S.-Mexico border.

The order reflects President Barack Obama's efforts to secure the border, Schwarzenegger's office said.

Last month, the governor praised Obama's proposal to deploy 1,200 National Guard personnel along the southwest border of the U.S. Of those troops, 224 would be deployed in California for up to one year.

"The military forces deployed in support of this request will not be employed in a direct law enforcement role," Schwarzenegger's order said. The mission is scheduled to end on June 30, 2011.

It's not the first time Schwarzenegger issued a general order directing California National Guard personnel to the border. In June 2006, the governor sent troops temporarily to support federal efforts to secure the border.

Schwarzenegger's office has said the governor believes more Border Patrol agents are needed to reduce illegal border crossings, human trafficking and the influx of narcotics.

Updated: 12:35 p.m.


Filed under: Arnold Schwarzenegger • California • Immigration
soundoff (32 Responses)
  1. Matt

    If we would've been doing this all along, Washington would not have to sue Arizona. All Az is asking for is the fed to do their job in protecting our borders and keeping the illegals out of our country.

    July 16, 2010 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  2. Terry

    I'm sure all the hookers in Tijuana are breathing a sigh of relief. At least someone will get some benefit from their visit.

    July 16, 2010 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  3. Hugo

    California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger ordered a temporary deployment Friday of National Guard troops to the U.S.-Mexico border.
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    What does that mean, has he deployed Guardsmen in downtown LA?
    Too little too late, we are coming for you all in November that have invaded our borders illegally, pack your mulettas y bolsa's come 2012!

    July 16, 2010 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  4. Debbie

    Now that's the way you do things. Please pass it on to the Arizona Governor.

    July 16, 2010 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  5. shooter

    "The military forces deployed in support of this request will not be employed in a direct law enforcement role,"
    So what are those troops primary function at the border?

    July 16, 2010 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  6. jeff jackson, alabama

    It's about damn time. Just about 50 years late in getting done.

    July 16, 2010 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  7. Olivia Knoxville

    Has any one mention to Palin, "beauty fades but dumbness is forver." Palin is virtually with out qualifications to be president of USA. She would make the USA a third world country. She would be the president of dividing this country with racism,no middle class, and dumbness. She attended five colleges and took six years to graduate. Palin should release those bad grades.

    July 16, 2010 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
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