I am writing today to announce the closure of the New Mexico Independent. After three and a half years of operation in New Mexico, the board of the American Independent News Network, has decided to shift publication of its news…
1,200 National Guard troops heading to U.S./Mexican border in August
National Guard units will send 1,200 troops to the U.S.-Mexican border along New Mexico and other border states to support for the U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency, U.S. Department of Defense officials announced at a press conference at the Pentagon Monday.
The troops will begin deploying as soon as Aug. 1, Pentagon officials said.
New Mexico Guard personnel will deploy by September, Lt. Col. Jamison Herrera told The Independent Monday.
An undisclosed number of the troops are already undergoing training to work with border agents as criminal and intelligence analysts, officials said.
“Approximately 300″ National Guards troops have already deployed to border states to work with other federal agencies’ counter-narcotics teams, officials said.
The deployment raised objections from the ACLU. A recent CPB study showed that despite headlines about a murdered Arizona rancher and politicians’ rhetoric about border violence, the U.S. side of the border is actually one of the safer parts of the U.S.. Border patrol agents face markedly less violence, and less lethal forms of violence, than city police officers throughout the U.S., the study found.
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