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White House to Send National Guard to Boost Border Security

The White House will send up to 1,200 National Guard troops to the U.S.-Mexico border and will ask Congress for $500 million to boost border security, officials said Tuesday, as President Obama tried to take control of the border security debate just as the Senate was about to take up a much bigger deployment.

The president’s decision left immigration rights groups furious and left those calling for better border security unimpressed - “It’s about one-fourth of what we need,” said Sen. John McCain, Arizona Republican - but it does refocus the national debate squarely on border security.

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