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3 years 51 weeks ago, 8:47 AM

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Schwarzenegger mobilizes California National Guard as part of federal effort to secure border

Published July 16, 2010
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Print Email Share Comments (35) Text Size SACRAMENTO, Calif.

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on Friday mobilized members of the California National Guard as part of a federal effort to deter drug trafficking and illegal immigration along the border with Mexico.

His order supports President Barack Obama's plan to have 1,200 National Guard troops assist with federal border protection, customs and immigration agents.

The move comes amid a national debate over an Arizona law that directs police to conduct immigration checks when they are questioning people about possible legal violations. There must be a "reasonable suspicion" the person is in the country illegally.

Obama asked California to deploy 224 Guard members for as long as a year, but California National Guard spokesman Lt. Patrick Bagley said as many as 260 soldiers and airmen will head to the border by Oct. 1.

The higher number is because California has more members qualified to perform the specific duties needed to support federal border protection, customs and immigration agents, Bagley said. The number and assignments resulted from talks with officials in other states and the federal government.

The California soldiers and airmen — all of whom have volunteered for the mission — will be selected by mid-August. They will get up to three weeks of training in August or September, expanding on routine training they already receive.

California is responsible for its entire border with Mexico, but Bagley said the Guard members will be assigned to specific locations as needed based on discussions with federal officials.

It's the second time Schwarzenegger has ordered Guard members to the border. He backed a similar federal effort in June 2006. Guard members will be based in many of the same armories they used the last time, Bagley said.

3 years 51 weeks ago, 9:12 AM

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All of this shit

is just "lip service" to the American people, a half hearted effort at best. If Comrade Obama et al were the least bit serious about solving the border problem, we would be deploying a hell of alot more than 1200 men and their orders would be 'shoot to kill', not 'your hands are tied'.

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3 years 50 weeks ago, 10:09 AM

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I hear ya Ham

How ya doin this mornin Ham?
I read this article this morning and almost choked on my coffee, I thought I would share it with my fellow gunsloters, the way I see it illegal aliens are an invading group that we must defend our borders against just as we would if Russia or China, or N. Korea would attempt to invade. Am I paranoid, I dont think so.

3 years 50 weeks ago, 10:28 AM

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Doing okay bud,

It's Hamp not Ham by the way......you are right in that if it were China etc. invading you would see a shit load more action coming out of Washinton.

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3 years 50 weeks ago, 10:32 AM

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My Bad Hamp

Sorry about that Chief.

3 years 50 weeks ago, 10:49 AM

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You're Okay,

everyone 'fat fingers' every once in a while.

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3 years 50 weeks ago, 10:41 AM

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3 years 50 weeks ago, 4:45 PM

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It may just be lip service but I'm glad to see at least some troops heading to the border, may not be enough but it's better than nothin' and hopefully when they report on what is happening more people will listen.

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3 years 50 weeks ago, 7:40 AM

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i agree

with OozeRat a little bit of something (1200 Troops) beats nothing any day.....

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