Obama Set To Send 1,200 Troops To US-Mexico Border
ERICA WERNER and JACQUES BILLEAUD
WASHINGTON – Under pressure to take action, President Barack Obama on Tuesday
ordered 1,200 National Guard troops to boost security along the U.S.-Mexico border, pre-
empting Republican efforts to force a congressional vote to send the troops.
Obama will also request $500 million for border protection and law enforcement activities,
according to lawmakers and administration officials.
The president’s action comes as chances for comprehensive immigration reform, Obama’s
long-stated goal, look increasingly dim in this election year. Obama has been all but compelled
to do something since Arizona’s passage of a tough illegal-immigration law thrust the border
problem into the public spotlight.