Napolitano column announces date for additional border resources

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PHOENIX - Demands for more security along the border are being answered with a date now set for troops arriving in Arizona.

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano is announcing an arrival date for hundreds of additional National Guard troops.

Governor Jan Brewer is among many politicians have been waiting for this.

Napolitano first made the announcement in a column in Monday's Arizona Republic. She announced the arrival of hundreds of National Guard troops on August 1. 

A release sent out Monday morning confirmed the move from the Department of Homeland Security.

“Over the past year and a half, this administration has pursued a new border security strategy with an unprecedented sense of urgency, making historic investments in personnel, technology and infrastructure,” said Secretary Napolitano. “These troops will provide direct support to federal law enforcement officers and agents working in high-risk areas to disrupt criminal organizations seeking to move people and goods illegally across the Southwest border.”

In the column she also said not only will more troops be on the border, but the Department of Homeland Security will be adding more resources here in Arizona.

In Ajo, a new Immigration and Customs Enforcement office will open up and  in Douglas, a border enforcement security task force jump team will be deployed.

Napolitano said she's reassigning major technology assets, including mobile surveillance systems, thermal imaging binocular units and trucks equipped with detection scopes.

Plus, there will be more planes monitoring the border from above.

Napolitano also said in the column the numbers prove agents are doing their jobs with illegal crossings along the southwest border down 23% from last year.

She also claims the DHS has seized nearly 30% more illegal weapons and 15% more illegal drugs than the year before.

In the column, Napolitano wrote, "As a former U.S. attorney, Arizona governor and attorney general and now U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security, I know first hand that Arizona has endured more than its share of challenges stemming from our southwest border."

She ended the column by stating: "We remain committed to actively working with members of congress from both parties to make necessary reforms to our immigration laws at the federal level."   

These added resources will also start to arrive August 1 in the Tucson sector.