The Arizona Republic is reporting (excerpt below) that Obama has authorized 524 troops to be sent to the Arizona border at a cost of over $600 million.
This is despite the data that shows border area violence has not increased in the last decade, and the fact that the majority of immigrants into this country enter legally with a visa, despite the xenophobic lies that AZ Governor Brewer is spreading.
It is still unclear what the troops will be doing to stop the legal flow of traffic, and militarization with armed troops can only lead to one thing and that will be the unfortunate loss of life.
On a good note, does this mean that JT Ready’s crew of neo-Nazis are no longer needed to play pretend being a real soldier? Actually, they weren’t needed in the first place!
524 Guard troops being sent to Ariz. border by late Aug.
The federal government will deploy 524 National Guard troops to the Arizona-Mexico border by late August, according to representatives from President Barack Obama’s administration.
The delegation met Monday morning with Democratic Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and Attorney General Terry Goddard in Tucson. During those meetings, the federal representatives also pledged $600 million in emergency funding to help with border-security issues.
Other details about the troop deployment were not immediately available, including what their mission would be and how long they would be on the ground.
In a news conference after the briefing, both Goddard and Giffords said they were pleased with the update and that additional federal support is on its way. But, they acknowledged that more can still be done.
“It’s a first step,” said Goddard, who is the state’s presumptive Democratic nominee for governor. “We’re a lot better than we were before, and this is not a definitive plan for the border.”
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The federal delegation is now en route to meet with Gov. Jan Brewer at her offices. That meeting is scheduled for 2 p.m. The delegation is headed by John Brennan, deputy national security adviser for homeland security and counterterrorism and also includes representatives from the Department of Justice and other agencies.
Monday’s face-to-face conversations are an offshoot of a meeting Brewer had with Obama last month in the Oval Office.
That session, which both parties described as “cordial,” covered a range of immigration-related issues, including Senate Bill 1070, Arizona’s tough new immigration law, and Brewer’s dissatisfaction with the federal government’s border-security efforts.
The president has previously said that he plans to send 1,200 National Guard troops to the U.S./Mexico border; in addition he has requested $600 million from Congress to pay for 1,000 more border patrol agents, 160 federal immigration officers and unmanned surveillance aircraft known as drones.
During their June 3 meeting, Brewer asked for specifics on how many those troops might be coming to Arizona and what other assistance would be directed toward the state.
Her office has said that they hoped Monday’s meetings would shed light on those topics.
In addition, it is anticipated that SB 1070 will be a big topic of discussion. The U.S. Department of Justice is reportedly preparing a lawsuit against Arizona over the newly passed law, which is slated to go into effect July 29.
The Governor’s Office said it still has not received confirmation that a suit is forthcoming, but Secretary of State Hilary Clinton has previously stated in television interviews that it is being prepared at the direction of the White House.
The president has repeatedly criticized the Arizona measure, saying it has the potential to be used in a discriminatory fashion.
SB 1070 makes it a state crime to be in the country illegally. It states that an officer engaged in a lawful stop, detention or arrest shall, when practicable, ask about a person’s legal status when reasonable suspicion exists that that person is not legally in the U.S.
Giffords said during Monday’s news conference that she asked about the status of the federal suit, but was told that Justice Officials were not at liberty to discuss it.