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Analysts Say National Guard Does Little To Deter Illegal Immigrants

Analysts say President Barack Obama's plan to send 1,200 National Guard troops to the U.S.-Mexico border will have minimal impact on border security. The guardsmen are part of Obama's $500-million proposal to make the border safer.

The National Guard troops would work as extra eyes and ears for the Border Patrol, but would not be allowed to make arrests.

In 2006, President Bush sent 6,000 National Guard troops to the border, including to San Diego.

Shortly after, Wayne Cornelius, who studies migration at UCSD, interviewed about 1,000 people in Mexico who were considering crossing to the United States illegally.

"The National Guard presence on the border was a major source of concern for just 5 percent of our interviewees. And it's even more revealing because the majority believed, incorrectly, that the National Guard in 2006 were armed and, presumably, authorized to shoot," said Cornelius.

Cornelius and a bipartisan homeland security analyst in Washington say sending the National Guard may buy political protection for the president and some Democratic congressman.

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Avatar for user 'BobRooney'

BobRooney | May 26, 2010 at 6:44 p.m. ― 4 years, 9 months ago

Wow talk about hitting the nail on the head!!!!!!!!!!!!!

This is Congressman Tom Mc Clintock's reply to the ridiculous way the
president of Mexico ranted about Arizona's adoption of the federal law
regarding illegal immigration. Sadly, many of the incumbents including
Napolitano cheered the Mexican president on as he was bashing our great
nation. Take about 5 minutes to hear Mc Clintock's reply and be amazed. If
he ever makes it to the national scene...I guarantee he has my vote!!

If the video does not start, Google this,. "Response to President Calderon"

Forward this to everyone you know.

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Avatar for user 'fairsandiegan'

fairsandiegan | May 26, 2010 at 11:53 p.m. ― 4 years, 9 months ago

Really sad that Amy begins an article with "Analysts say" then doesn't explain who these people (plural from "analysts" (plural)) are. That is a complete cop out. Very, very disappointing "journalism"...

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