Obama Sending 1,200 National Guard Troops To U.S.-Mexico Border

President Barack Obama, facing pressure to act, has put aside his reluctance to militarize the border with Mexico and decided to send 1,200 National Guard troops as part of a $500 million plan for added security and law enforcement support along the border. The move, announced by Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz., and confirmed by an administration official, came as Republicans, particularly Arizona's senators, John McCain and Jon Kyl -- who support their state's aggressive new anti-illegal-immigrant law -- were making headway in getting lawmakers to beef up the border. "The White House is doing the right thing," said Giffords, who called for the Guard's deployment immediately after the March 27 slaying of Cochise County rancher Rob Krentz. "Arizonans know that more boots on the ground means a safer and more secure border."