Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger this morning ordered 224 California National Guard troops to the Mexican border, part of President Barack Obama's proposed deployment of 1,200 National Guard troops for border security operations across the Southwest.
Schwarzenegger had signaled his intent to send troops last month, saying in a statement, "The 224 additional troops that will be sent to California will provide much needed assistance to help secure our border, but this is only a beginning. We must find a more permanent solution to our broken immigration system. I will continue to urge the federal government to provide more National Guard personnel for our border and take action on comprehensive immigration reform."
The deployment is to be in effect through June 30, 2011.
PHOTO CREDIT: California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger shakes hands with California National Guard members during a tour of the U.S./ Mexico border area near the San Ysidro Port of Entry in San Diego on Wednesday, June 21, 2006. (AP Photo/ Denis Poroy)