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Obama set to send 1,200 troops to US-Mexico border

Obama set to send 1,200 troops to US-Mexico border 25 May 2010 President Barack Obama will send 1,200 National Guard troops to help secure the U.S.-Mexico border, an administration official and an Arizona congresswoman said Tuesday, pre-empting Republican plans to try to force votes on such a deployment. Obama will also request $500 million for border protection and law enforcement activities, they said. The National Guard troops will work on intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance support, analysis and training, and support efforts blocking fomenting drug trafficking.