Arnie defies Bush over border

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Arnie defies Bush over border

Los Angeles – California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has defied a request from Washington to deploy additional national guard troops from his state to the border with Mexico.

United States President George W Bush has backed a programme under which thousands of national guard troops would back up US border patrol agents in boosting security along the border with its southern neighbour.

“The governor did not feel that it was appropriate to send additional guards out of state,” Adam Mendelsohn, the California governor’s communications director, told The Los Angeles Times newspaper on Saturday.

Mendelsohn said Schwarzenegger disagreed with the request for further guard border reinforcements because of concerns the western state, which is the country’s most populous, could be vulnerable if an earthquake or large fires sparked a state emergency…

     

California is due to deploy about 1 000 guard troops to points along the border by July 31, and has dispatched 250 troops in the past week.

The LA Times said the White House was now requesting that California deploy up to 1 500 troops.

Under the White House-backed programme, US border security is due be boosted by 6 000 additional guard troops by August 1.


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