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Lawmaker: President Obama to Send National Guard to Border

PHOENIX (AP) - An Arizona congresswoman says the Obama administration plans to send as many as 1,200 National Guard troops to the U.S.-Mexico border to improve border security.

Democrat Gabrielle Giffords also said in a statement that when President Barack Obama announces his plan Tuesday he'll also request $500 million in funding for border security.

Part of Giffords' district borders Mexico. Republican Sen. John McCain of Arizona plans to introduce a proposal Tuesday afternoon to pay for putting 6,000 National troops at the border. Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer's spokesman said the governor hadn't been told of the move prior to her office being contacted by The Associated Press and had no immediate comment.

In 2006, President George W. Bush sent thousands of troops to the border to perform support duties that tie up immigration agents, who would then have more time to arrest illegal immigrants. The troops didn't perform significant law enforcement duties.

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