Due to the ongoing plague of drug violence in Mexico, which is sending immigrants and traffickers across the United States southern border, the Federal government has begun to beef up security by deploying first contingents of additional National Guard troops.
Many politicians, commentators and ordinary citizens have criticized the Obama administration in recent months for making little headway on curbing illegal immigration or a comprehensive immigration reform.
In an effort to address some of this criticism, the president committed earlier this year to sending 1,200 additional National Guards to California, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas. On Aug.30, the first contingent of 30 troops began their deployment in Arizona, and 72 others started in New Mexico on Sept.1. More will continue to arrive over the next two months, according to media reports.
However, the government’s effort has been criticized as insufficient by some politicians, with Representative Trent Franks (R-Ariz.) reminding viewers on Fox News that he — and some of his fellow lawmakers from the Grand Canyon State, such as John McCain (R-Ariz.)— argued for as many as 6,000 additional troops.
"This administration continues to refuse to secure our border and weaken our missile defenses," he said, quoted by the news source.