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National guard troops will return to the Arizona-Mexico border. President Barak Obama ordered 1,200 troops to the troubled international boundary. It was something border state lawmakers had been requesting for months.
For months, state and federal lawmakers have called for national guard troops on the border. After Tuesday's announcement from the white house, both republicans and democrats think it's about time.
"I appreciate that. I think that it is a recognition of the violence on the border," says Senator John McCain
"I'm very pleased to announce that president Obama has finally heeded our calls," says Representative Gabrielle Giffords
"We now have highly organized human smuggling rings and drug cartels that are working together," says McCain.
"We have seen such an increase of drug trafficking, of border violence, and illegal immigration over the past few years," says Giffords.
Few details have emerged on just what role the 1,200 troops will play along the border and how the $500M would be used to enhance border protection.
In the meantime, feelings on the street were mixed.
Salyna Guanajuato opposes border troops, "If you do that, it's gonna increase more chances that something is gonna happen there because more people are gonna want to retaliate against the troops that are there."
While Diane Calvert supports border troops, "I have no problem with that. I think the crime and drug thing is a little out of control."
A group who does have a problem with the plan is Derechos Humanos. "We're absolutely devastated, and I've become more and more disillusioned with the Obama administration," says Kat Rodriguez.
Kat Rodriguez says the government should place a greater emphasis on why immigrants are crossing the border in the first place, "I think the fact that we are normalizing putting troops on the border is a dangerous thing."
Senator McCain, however, thinks 1,200 troops still isn't enough, "We need 6,000."
Regardless of the number, most say Tuesday's news represents a positive shift in how Washington plans to deal with illegal immigration.
Gov. Jan Brewer called the move an important first step, but said the president is not sending enough troops. There is no timetable when the money and troops will be available.