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Schwarzenegger to send National Guard troops to Mexican border

August 18, 2010 | 12:37 pm

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger Wednesday said he was sending more than 200 National Guard troops to the California-Mexico border.

After a tour of the border Wednesday, Schwarzenegger said he plans to have 224 troops in place by Sept. 1.

“These men and women will provide much-needed assistance to help secure our border, but it’s important to remember that this is only the beginning," Schwarzenegger said in a statement Wednesday. "We must find a permanent solution to our broken immigration system. We need the federal government to step up with even more manpower and funding, and I will continue to push President Obama and Congress for action.”

-- Anthony York in Sacramento

Photo: On a bluff overlooking the heavily fortified barrier that marks the San Diego/Tijuana border, California National Guard troops listen to a briefing about their deployment. Credit: Don Bartletti / Los Angeles Times