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National Guard deployment raises concerns with border groups

Coalition calls troop plan 'ill-conceived and motivated by electoral politics rather than border realities'

The expected deployment of 1,200 National Guard troops to the border has angered border advocacy groups, which fear the militarization of their communities will damage the local economy and negatively impact their way of life.
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Jun 3, 2010, 6:30 am
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I am so glad to see this article. There is surprisingly little reportage from actual border communities. Opinions arising from communities far from the border, like Phoenix or further, usually pass for factual. But the truth is, the border is quiet. People on both sides cross back and forth every day without much incident. People who live on the border often have family or friends on the other side. The most noise and dust comes from Border Patrol vehicles racing along the roads. Sound and fury amounting to nothing. The presence of the National Guard a few years back was nearly comical. They really didn’t have much to do, and I usually saw them hanging out at the local convenience store buying lots of cold drinks and sun screen. I look at the border community of Naco from my living room window every day. They are our neighbors and we live in peace.

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