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May 23, 2006 | Richard Marosi, Times Staff Writer
The immigrants jumped the border fence and darted behind heavy brush, unnoticed by U.S. Border Patrol agents. But miles away in an air-conditioned control room, their images appeared on a video screen. A National Guard soldier watching the monitor radioed an agent and guided him through a vast desert expanse, telling him to stop his vehicle on a narrow road. "They're in the bushes," he told the agent, who jumped out and arrested about half a dozen immigrants.
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May 19, 2006 | James Gerstenzang, Times Staff Writer
Declaring that "we do not have full control of the border," President Bush on Thursday visited an area where arrests -- and deaths -- of illegal immigrants have risen dramatically, and he urged the Senate to complete work on immigration legislation by the end of the month.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 18, 2006 | George Skelton
President Bush again wants to use the state National Guard to do a federal job. Sacramento Democrats complain that's a dumb idea, but they're virtually powerless to stop it. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger gets the final call. He can send the troops or buck Bush. That's the consensus anyway. Nobody seems to know for sure how this is supposed to work. The governor still didn't know late Wednesday, after a long phone call with Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 18, 2006 | Robert Salladay and Nancy Vogel, Times Staff Writers
California's highest-ranking officials were reacting with displeasure and exasperation Wednesday to President Bush's plan to use thousands of National Guard troops to support border patrols and curb illegal immigration. State Senate President Pro Tem Don Perata (D-Oakland) said he would move to freeze $38 million in California Guard funding that could be used for border patrols.
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May 17, 2006 | Julian E. Barnes, Times Staff Writer
As the U.S. military prepared for duty along the border with Mexico, the chairman of a commission examining America's reserve forces said Tuesday that some National Guard units would have to be reorganized to better adapt to a growing number of domestic missions. Military tasks essential to serving in a combat zone are different than those needed for domestic security or disaster relief, said Arnold L. Punaro, chairman of the Commission on the National Guard and Reserve.
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May 16, 2006 | Julian E. Barnes and Peter Spiegel, Times Staff Writers
President Bush on Monday infused his proposal for using the National Guard to combat illegal immigration with all the drama of an Oval Office address, but the military and civilian officials who will carry out the plan have deep misgivings about a real show of military force on the border. As a result, the president's big initiative is heavy on symbolism but will be small in scale -- and largely invisible on the ground. Though about 6,000 guardsmen at a time will be assigned to the southern U.S.
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May 15, 2006 | Tom Hamburger, Times Staff Writer
As the White House prepared to announce deployment of National Guard troops along the nation's southern border to stanch the flood of illegal immigrants, President Bush tried to reassure the president of Mexico on Sunday that the move was temporary and did not amount to militarization of the border. Bush is expected to detail plans to secure the border in a nationally televised address today on the politically volatile topic of immigration.
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May 8, 2006 | Julian E. Barnes, Times Staff Writer
National Guard troops in Iraq, which once constituted half the Army's fighting force, have been dramatically reduced and could be largely phased out of major combat responsibilities next year as military officials debate their performance and what role they should play in future conflicts. Iraq was an important test of whether the Army could use the Guard more aggressively -- and not just as a last resort.
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March 9, 2006 | From the Associated Press
Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano on Wednesday ordered more National Guard members posted at the state's border with Mexico to stop illegal immigration and related crimes. Guard troops have worked at the border since 1988. Napolitano's order authorizes commanders to station an unspecified number of additional soldiers there to help federal agents.
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February 3, 2006 | Tom Bowman, Baltimore Sun
In the face of bipartisan opposition at the state and national levels, the Pentagon backed away Thursday from a plan to reduce the overall size of the Army National Guard. The Army said the Guard would remain at 350,000 troops, instead of being reduced to 333,000 as part of a Defense Department budget-cutting plan. The National Governors Assn., a number of individual governors and 77 U.S. senators had protested the initial plan for Guard cuts. Gen. Peter J.
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