May 15, 2006
President Bush has announced plans to send up to 6,000 National Guard troops to the U.S.-Mexico border to support border enforcement efforts. The move is undoubtedly an effort to appease enforcement-only advocates in order to secure passage of some form of comprehensive immigration reform.
Some congressional members are wondering if the National Guard, already stretched by the Iraq war, can simultaneously handle border enforcement, as well. Mexican President Vicente Fox has voiced concern over the impact of militarizing the borders.
The President is giving a prime-time speech on the issue tonight, so we will know more soon.