For National Guard, a new mission along the border
from The Washington Post
On the dusty hilltops west of U.S. Interstate 19 in Arizona, National Guardsmen with M-4 rifles peer down from camouflage tents and surveillance posts, so close to the border fence they can almost watch TV through the windows of Mexican homes on the other side. The troops are members of the Arizona National Guard and Arizona Air National Guard, sent by the Obama administration last summer amid heightened concerns about lawlessness and spillover drug violence along the border. Of the 1,200 Guardsmen deployed to the U.S.-Mexico border, 560 are in Arizona, where lawmakers pushed hard for a larger military deployment during a statewide crackdown on illegal immigration last year.
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