National Guard to Miss Deadline for Border Mission

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

The Bush administration hasn't been able to muster even half of the 25-hundred National Guardsmen it planned to have on the Mexican border by tomorrow.

President Bush's plan called for all 50 states to send troops. But only ten states have signed commitments.

Some state officials have argued they cannot free up Guardsmen because of other priorities like flooding.

Military officials in Texas and the three other states along the Mexican border say that fewer than one thousand troops were in place as of yesterday.

National Guard officials say they probably won't reach the 25-hundred target until early to mid-July. A goal of six thousand troops by the end of July will also likely fall by the wayside.

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