Brewer says she is disappointed with border security plan

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by The Associated Press

azfamily.com

Posted on June 28, 2010 at 3:00 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jun 29 at 2:00 AM

PHOENIX (AP) -- Federal officials have told Arizona's attorney general and a congresswoman that 524 of the 1,200 National Guard troops headed to the U.S. Mexican border will be deployed in the state.

Democrat Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and Attorney General Terry Goddard met with Obama Administration officials in Tucson for the meeting that also included community leaders. The federal officials included John Brennan, deputy national security adviser for homeland security.

A Gifford spokesman says the troops are now being trained for deployment in August, and Goddard said two drone aircraft also will be used in Arizona. Goddard says the commitment is a first step.

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer says she's disappointed by the Obama administration's border security plans, including deployment of 524 National Guard troops to the state's portion of the U.S.-Mexico border.

Brewer and aides were briefed Monday by a delegation sent by President Barack Obama on his plans for the border.

Brewer says the deployment falls short of what's needed and she's disappointed by funding plans. The governor says the $135 million for deploying the National Guard is less than half the amount of funding the federal officials claim will be provided to the Mexican  government.

Besides the 524 troops going to Arizona, another 224 will head to California, 72 to New Mexico and 250 to Texas. A national liaison office will draw another 130.
   
 

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