Bush to Place National Guard on Mexican Border

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WHITE HOUSE (AP) - White House officials say President Bush will
call for thousands of National Guard troops to be deployed along
the Mexico border in support of patrols aimed at keeping out
illegal immigrants.

The president is expected to speak to the nation about immigration
Monday evening.

White House aides are said to be working the night to iron out
details of the proposal.

They want to address concerns among lawmakers that using troops to man the border would further burden the an overextended military.

Two officials say Bush will propose using troops as a stopgap measure while the Border Patrol builds up its resources.

The troops would play a supportive role to Border Patrol agents, who would maintain primary responsibility for physically guarding the border.