Governor Applauds President Obama For Stepping-Up Border Security

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(Sacramento, CA)
Tuesday, March 24, 2009

President Obama’s plan to step-up security along the U-S border with Mexico doesn’t include any immediate efforts to protect California. 
The White House announced today (Tuesday, 3.24) that it’s sending more federal agents to help the Border Patrol in Arizona and Texas.  They’ll be protecting against invasions by violent Mexican drug cartels.
None of the 100 agents from the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms, or ATF, would be sent to California for now.    But, Governor Schwarzenegger’s Press Aide Aaron McLear says the state may join the security operations…

“We’re glad to offer National Guard Troops to backfill that, so we have a secure border along the California/Mexico border.  But, yes it’s always been a problem and it’s getting worse and the governor is very concerned about working with the federal government on this issue…”
In addition to drug and gun smuggling, McLear says Governor Schwarzenegger is also concerned about illegal human trafficking and money laundering from south of the border. 
He says Schwarzenegger already has a good working relationship on border issues with former Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano, who’s now federal Homeland Security Director.  And, McLear says that will play in California’s favor if violence along the border escalates.