Napolitano: Send Guard back to the border

PHOENIX (AP) -- Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano, President-elect Barack Obama's reported primary choice for Homeland Security secretary, says she still thinks National Guard troops should be sent back to the U.S.-Mexico border.

Napolitano says that "as governor of Arizona," that's something she has advocated with other border state governors and still believes in.

Guard troops were deployed for two years to support the Border Patrol as it hired more agents, but the troops left in July.

Napolitano wouldn't say on Friday if she's been offered the Homeland Security post. It includes overseeing the Border Patrol and Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

And she won't say whether she'll try to redeploy Guard troops to the border if she becomes Homeland Security secretary.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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