California National Guard
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger says he will sign a memorandum of understanding with the federal government to send California National Guard troops to the U.S. border with Mexico.
The governor says the terms of the National Guard deployment will be different from what President Bush laid out. First, the troops will not be rotated out every few weeks, but will remain at the border for 6 months to a year. Secondly, a recruitment will begin to find one thousand volunteers to go to the border. The governor says he does not want to tax further National Guard members who have already been serving:
We will not involuntarily call to duty those brave men and women that just came back from Iraq or from other places overseas and fought the war on terror.
Schwarzenegger also says the federal government will pay the entire cost of the mission, which is expected to be between 6 and 8 million dollars a month.And finally, the governor says the Guard will be completely off border duty by December 2008