Sen. Jon Kyl, R-Ariz., and Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., have called on President Barack Obama to send 6,000 National Guardsmen to the Arizona-Mexico border, according to rollcall.com.
The lawmakers argued that troops are needed because violence from the Mexican drug war has “crossed the border and escalated to a point where many Arizonans do not feel safe within their own homes or on their own property. They feel that they live in a lawless area of the country and have been abandoned by the federal government, which has a duty to protect its citizens by securing the nation’s borders.”
“We again urge you to deploy at least 6,000 National Guardsmen to protect our southern border, with 3,000 of these troops focused on the Arizona/Mexico border,” McCain and Kyl added.
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