Governor Jan Brewer sent a letter to Defense Sec. Robert Gates requesting another 250 National Guard members to assist in anti-drug efforts and other security duties. There are currently 150 troops currently stationed along the border so while 400 troops is not a huge number, almost doubling the amount is a great step.
“Arizona on its own cannot and should not face the prospect of sustaining additional forces to address this federal matter,” wrote Brewer.
Arizona has been the one to bear the brunt of the costs that local police agencies face related to illegal immigration and drug smuggling from Mexico.
Napolitano had asked Washington to pay for sending troops to the border so it will be interesting to see if she helps out her former state of residence in providing some much needed money. After all, no one in Washington knows what we face more than she does.
Press Release Here
Letter to Sec. Gates Here