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Schwarzenegger blasts government for lack of border security

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger blasted the federal government Wednesday for failing to secure the U.S.-Mexico Border. Schwarzenegger made the comments after touring the San Diego-Tijuana border and being briefed on the National Guard's deployment. KPBS Reporter Amy Isackson has details.

Schwarzenegger flew over the border to get a firsthand look at where California National Guard troops will be deployed come mid-July.

More than 230 soldiers are already in San Diego getting ready for their assignments. Twelve hundred will be stationed in California by August 1.

Schwarzenegger says the tour reinforced his belief that the federal government must do more to control of the border.

Schwarzenegger: "We need more manpower, more infrastructure because we have to do everything that we can to stop the flow of undocumented immigrants, drug smuggling and also the potential of terrorists coming across this border."

Schwarzenegger initially called the idea to send the National Guard to the border half-baked . He changed his stance when the federal government said it would foot the bill and troops could go home at the end of 2008. Amy Isackson, KPBS News.

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