Make this page my home page
  1. Drag the home icon in this panel and drop it onto the "house icon" in the tool bar for the browser

  2. Select "Yes" from the popup window and you're done!

Home  >  Topics  >  Border Patrol

June 14, 2006
Print Comment RSS

One thousand troops to be at Ariz. border by Thursday

Associated Press Writer

SAN LUIS, Ariz.- More than 1,000 National Guard troops will be working at the U.S.-Mexico border by Thursday under President Bush's plan to free up immigration agents, officials said.

Three hundred National Guard troops were already along the border, and the remaining 700 set to arrive by Thursday will be divided among the four southern border states, said Paul McHale, assistant defense secretary for Homeland Defense.

The build-up occurs as authorities report significant reductions in illegal border crossings.

Detentions along the border decreased by 21 percent, to 26,994, in the first 10 days of June, compared with 34,077 for the same period a year ago, officials said Monday.

Bush's plan calls for up to troops to perform support duties that will allow federal authorities to focus on border security. They wouldn't perform significant law enforcement duties. The goal is to have the troops at the border until new Border Patrol agents are trained.

The total number of troops at the 2,000-mile border would rise to 2,500 by month's end and would meet Bush's goal of 6,000 by Aug. 1, McHale said.

San Luis is part of the busiest Border Patrol station in the country.

See related:

National Guard scares migrants away from Ariz. border

PoliceOne Offers

P1 on Facebook

Connect with PoliceOne

Mobile Apps Facebook Twitter Google

Get the #1 Police eNewsletter

Police Newsletter Sign up for our FREE email roundup of the top news, tips columns, videos and more, sent 3 times weekly
See Sample