Thursday, March 09, 2006

Arizona Governor Orders Troops To Border

Arizona's Governor has signed an executive order to expand the National Guard's presence at the state's porous border with Mexico. Governor Janet Napolitano says the increase is aimed at supporting federal efforts to combat illegal immigration and other border problems. She emphasized that the move is not aimed at militarizing the border, adding "we are not at war with Mexico.
Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano
"Arizona currently has about 170 National Guard troops at the border assisting federal and state officers with communications, fence construction and anti-drug efforts.No immediate word on how many new troops would be sent to the area.But under Napolitano's executive order, the troops would work at crossing points, assist with cargo inspection and operate cameras and mobile observation points so they can report suspicious activity.