PHOENIX (AP) - President Barack Obama is asking Congress for $600 million in emergency funds for 1,000 more Border Patrol agents, 160 new federal immigration officers and two unmanned
aircraft to beef up security on the U.S.-Mexico border.
In a letter released late Tuesday, Obama asks Congress to consider amending the fiscal year 2010 proposals to include the additional money to go toward securing the Southwest border,
enhancing federal border protection and drug-fighting efforts.
Obama proposes partially offsetting the costs by canceling $100 million from a lower-priority program within the Department of Homeland Security.
Obama says his request "responds to urgent and essential needs" and should be considered emergency requirements.
Obama also has called for 1,200 National Guard troops to work in support roles.
So the wait begins....again.
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