President Barack Obama promised 1,200 National Guard Troops to the U.S.-Mexico border this week, but outside of the announcement, there has been little additional information.
Arizona Senator’s Johm McCain and Jon Kyl, both Republications, had been the most vocal about movinjg National Guard troops to the border.
U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords said, “The White House is doing the right thing,” said Giffords, who called for the Guard’s deployment immediately after the March 27 murder of Cochise County rancher Rob Krentz. “Arizona’s know that more boots on the ground means a safer and more secure border. Washington heard our message.”
Del Cararga, one of the leaders for Douglas for Just Immigration, said Recent political and social events have led to this reactionary sending of troops. What I fear, is that this increased militarization will bring forth more damage to our already fragile natural environment and possibly bring additional minute man type xenophobics to our community.
“I am more in favor of an approach that emphasizes a long term strategy which brings forth a comprehensive immigration reform and addresses our high U.S. demand for illegal drugs.”
Tuesday afternoon, May 25, President Obama authorized the deployment of up to 1,200 National Guard troops to southwest border. He also will request that $500 million be included in supplemental spending legislation for enhanced border protection and law enforcement activities.