WASHINGTON (AP) - An Administration official and an Arizona congresswoman say President Barack Obama will deploy 1,200 National Guard troops to help secure the U.S.-Mexico border.
They say Obama will also request $500 million for border protection and law enforcement activities. The National Guard troops will work on surveillance, reconnaissance, intelligence and blocking drug trafficking.
The development comes as Republican senators are preparing to push for such measures in Senate legislation.
In 2006, President George W. Bush sent thousands of troops to the border to perform support duties that tie up immigration agents. The troops wouldn't perform significant law enforcement duties.
That program has since ended, and politicians in border states have called for troops to be sent there to curb human and drug smuggling and prevent Mexico's drug violence from spilling over into the United States.
Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords says the administration will announce the deployments later today.