August 30th, 2010
06:24 PM ET
9 years ago

Additional Guard troops deployed to Arizona border

(CNN) - Additional National Guard troops assigned to the Mexican border under President Barack Obama's border security initiative have started reporting to their posts, officials said Monday.

More than 30 National Guard members have begun their deployment as part of the administration's border protection plan, according to Special Agent Mario Escalante with U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

Troops will continue to arrive over the next two months, with an expected force of 532 members by the end of October, said Lt. Valentine Castillo of the Arizona National Guard.

Top Republicans - including Arizona Sen. John McCain and Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer - have repeatedly accused Obama of failing to provide sufficient security along the U.S.-Mexico border.

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  1. T'SAH from Virginia

    And the 'onslaught' of illegal immigrants will go down even FURTHER!!! It's already DOWN – WAY DOWN – from when Bush was in office but that was not good enough!!!!!

    Now, with the additional troops, illegal immigrant migration over the AZ border would 'drastically' go down and it would STILL not be enough!!!

    Would AZ give President Obama credit???? No, they will say their 'unconstitutional law' was the cause of the downslide!!!

    August 30, 2010 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  2. Four and The Door

    Top Republicans - including Arizona Sen. John McCain and Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer - have repeatedly accused Obama of failing to provide sufficient security along the U.S.-Mexico border.
    ...and through their activities it looks like something is finally getting done to address our national border issue. I am not so familiar with Jan Brewer's record, but this is how Senator McCain serves his constituents. He gets things done. I look forward to Arizonan's electing him to serve another term in November.

    August 30, 2010 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  3. jim

    Nothing more than window dressing to make the president look like he doing something to curtail illegals from pouring across our borders.However, if he were really serious about the problem he would send thousands more there with orders to arrest the illegals and send them back.

    August 30, 2010 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  4. Uncle Sam

    What are their orders from the Commander and Chief? Distribute voter registration cards? He surely is not expecting them to secure the border from illegal aliens aka undocumented workers, does he?

    August 30, 2010 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  5. Michael, Phoenix AZ

    McCain and Brewer aren't the brightest bulbs blooming in the Arizona desert. Sure, there are additional Border Patrol to be assigned, but first you have to hire them and train them, and they want SPANISH speakers by the way; then the National Guard is going there, but not to arrest or stop the border incursionists.....just to watch and maybe help build a fence. Remember Brewer is the governor who has two staff memebers that are also lobbyists for private prisons.....of which three dangers men escaped.....even though all have been recaptured, at the lives of two innocent civilians on vacation.....Lax security in a prison....and you expect strong security along a few hundred miles long border?

    August 30, 2010 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  6. Gerald

    Thirty national gaurd are going to do what sixty miles from the border, what a joke.

    August 30, 2010 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  7. Hugo

    Now if they could just each take 250,000 illegals with them as they go and shove them back into their own country it might be a solution. Gotta love it, we are pulling out of Iraq and redeploying in Arizona.

    August 30, 2010 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  8. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Let's blame it on Obama because Bush wouldn't listen but no complaints, he's a Republican.

    August 30, 2010 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  9. Charlotte

    And they'll find something to complain about this as well.

    August 30, 2010 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  10. Aaron

    The US-Mexico border is 1969 miles. With 532 National Guardsmen deployed, that's an average of 3.7 miles for each Guardsmen to guard. Sounds like more of an election-time ploy to point out a firm commitment to border security rather a commitment to actually accomplish that task. I'm an independent voter, trying to think through both parties' claims to serving US citizens before jumping in and voting for any of them.

    August 30, 2010 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  11. True American

    Ironic how John McCain and Governor Jan Brewer are accusing President Obama when it is these republicans who keep shipping our soldiers overseas to fight in unnecessary wars instead of keeping here at home to defend our borders. I'm sure our soldiers, if given a choice to fight in Iraq or patrol Arizona would choose the latter. Good job President Obama for having the cojones to actually protect our borders here at home.

    August 30, 2010 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  12. jpmichigan

    Today was reported by the State Department than Arizona's Illegal Immigrant Bill violates Human Right and compares it to that of other countries (China, Cuba). The fact is the Federal Government violates Americans Human Right by not enforcing the Immigration Bill on the books. Illegal immigrates from Mexico have shown to rob, rape and kill American citizens in Arizona and Texas, Mexican drug problems are now being found in American cities at the boarder.

    August 30, 2010 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  13. Hammerer

    My, my, sending 30 troops to help control 2,000 miles of border.
    If there ever was any question of obama's ability to take action tis should put all doubts to rest.
    And he accuses the Repubs of being out of toych with reality!

    August 30, 2010 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  14. Democrat in Indiana

    What a dumb idea. They want to secure the border, put more Border Patrol out. They're cheaper, they last about as long as this fiasco is going to. But, hey, CNN gets to waste more airtime.

    Meanwhile the illegals still get across.

    How about some good prison time for the companies, mainly large agricultural that hire them? Put managers in jail with real time, the hiring will dry up.

    August 30, 2010 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |