Obama Extends National Guard Border Deployment

June 17, 2011 - 1:59 PM

The Obama Administration is keeping the National Guard on the U.S.-Mexico border for at least another three months where the soldiers support the Border Patrol by watching for people sneaking across the border.

Department of Homeland Security spokesman Matthew Chandler says the soldiers act "as a critical bridge" while the administration brings new funding and personnel to the area.

Last year the administration deployed 1,200 soldiers in the four border states to assist with border security. The Defense Department has now agreed to spend $35 million to extend that deployment, set to expire June 30, through the end of September.