Officials: Thousands of troops will head to border
In Oval Office address, Bush urges Congress to increase funding
WASHINGTON (CNN) — President Bush will announce plans to deploy “up to 6,000” National Guard troops to the U.S.-Mexico border to support border patrol officers when he addresses the nation Monday night, an administration official said.
“We do not yet have full control of the border, and I am determined
to change that,” the president will say, according to excerpts of his
speech released by the White House.
“I am calling on
Congress to provide funding for dramatic improvements in manpower and
technology at the border,” Bush will say in his Oval Office speech to
the nation, which will be carried live at 8 p.m. ET Monday on CNN and
Earlier, a senior administration official said the
president would announce the deployment of several thousand troops to
provide surveillance and security for U.S. border patrol agents as part
of his push for a broader overhaul of immigration laws.