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WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration is developing plans to seek up to 1,500 National Guard volunteers to step up the military's counter-drug efforts along the Mexican border, senior administration officials said Monday.
The plan is a stopgap measure being worked out between the Defense Department and the Homeland Security Department, and comes despite Pentagon concerns about committing more troops to the border -- a move some officials worry will be seen as militarizing the region.
Officials said the program would mainly seek out guard members for surveillance, intelligence analysis and aviation support. Guard units would also supply ground troops who could assist at border crossings and with land and air transportation.
Originally posted by Sundancer
Hate to burst anyone's bubble, but the guard is being put on the border to guard what's going into Mexico not what's leaving. They are looking for Americans leaving with money or weapons that could supposedly be used to buy drugs in Mexico.
I'm so not joking...