(Phoenix, Ariz. -- May 25, 2010) Attorney General Terry Goddard announced today that he has been informed by high-ranking administration officials that President Obama will ask Congress for a $500 million supplemental appropriation for enhanced border security and will immediately deploy National Guard troops along the U.S.-Mexico border.
The $500 million appropriation will fund additional law enforcement personnel and state of the art border technology, Goddard said. Details of both decisions have not been released but will be announced soon.
"These decisions are extremely important in the fight against border crime as recommended in my letter to the President last month," Goddard said. "I have been calling for these actions for more than a year, and I'm pleased the Administration is listening."
Goddard will hold a press conference at 1:30 this afternoon in the third floor conference room at the CAP Center Building, 15 S. 15th Ave., to discuss these developments.
A copy of Goddard's letter to the President is attached. For additional information, contact Molly E. Edwards at (602) 542-8019.