Jul 19, 2010 1:00 PM by Melissa Canone
WASHINGTON (AP) - Federal officials say National Guard troops
will begin heading for the southwest border Aug. 1 to help secure
The troops will train and be fully deployed by September and
should be on the border for a year. They will be stationed in
Arizona, California, New Mexico and Texas.
The 1,200 Guard troops are being deployed as drug-related
violence continues in Mexico. Several people were killed over the
weekend in Mexico in a car bombing and a separate massacre at a
private party. Officials say the U.S. side of the border is more
secure and has more resources than ever.
Guard troops will help Border Patrol keep a lookout for
smugglers and illegal border crossings. They also will help in
investigations and intelligence gathering.