First wave of National Guard Troops head for the border
Wednesday, May 24, 2006
National Guard Chief Steven Blum testified before the House Armed Service Committee. He said troops could be stationed on the border for up to two years -- until the Border Patrol increases its ranks. Blum said during the first year, 6,000 National Guard troops would go to the border. During a possible second year of deployment, that would be cut in half.
Blum said Guard soldiers will not have law enforcement responsibility. But they could use force to protect themselves or agents.
Blum: "If that Border Patrol agent is under attack, they could certainly come to the aid of the Border Patrol and we would expect them to do so. But they're not going to be acting as deputy Border Patrol people on a routine basis."
The Guard troops will come from states whose governors believe they can spare the soldiers. Amy Isackson, KPBS News.
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