TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - Governors of border states have been lobbying hard for National Guard troops because of fears that drug cartel violence could spill over from Mexico.
They should have an ally in Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano. She did the same thing for years as Arizona's governor until she joined the Obama Administration in January.
She now says the administration is considering requests from Texas Gov. Rick Perry and Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer for Guard troops on the border. But she's not committing yet. And the head of the Joint Chiefs of Staff says he knows of no plans to deploy troops.
Napolitano already is sending nearly 500 federal agents and support personnel to the border because of the threat of violence.