Los Angeles, CA
July 31, 2010 – 3:56 PM | by: Casey Stegall, FoxNews
For some time, many lawmakers have called for a military presence along the US/Mexico border to assist Border Patrol agents, as the drug and human smuggling cartel violence increasingly spills over into America. In May, President Obama answered the call and said he’d send in the National Guard to help out. On July 19th, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced the deployment would happen on August 1st. However, I’m with my crew in Arizona and it appears the deployment date isn’t happening on Sunday after all. What’s the delay all about?
The National Guard Bureau and US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) don’t see it as a delay. In fact, a spokesperson with the National Guard Bureau in Virginia says the August 1st date has been “over interpreted” and the DHS had given the Guard 90 days, beyond the first of August, to ramp up its numbers. When it’s all said and done, Arizona will get 524 soldiers. California is set to receive 260, 82 will head to New Mexico and 286 to Texas. The Arizona National Guard tells us it’ll most likely be late September or even early October before boots ever hit the ground in this state. The presence will first show up in New Mexico and Texas. A spokesperson says August 1st is the day they’ll begin the processing of soldiers… then it’ll take another several weeks to train them.