500 more agents for border

This is partially why I haven't been so keen to jump on the anti Bush wagon regarding border security.

I just wasn't ready to count the President out yet and hopefully this is only the beginning of a tougher stance towards illegal immigration.

WASHINGTON - The Homeland Security Department will assign more than 500 additional patrol agents to the porous Arizona border, saying they will help keep potential terrorists and undocumented immigrants from entering the country, The Associated Press has learned.

The border buildup was to be announced Wednesday - two days before civilian volunteers with the so-called Minuteman Project begin a monthlong Arizona patrol against immigrants crossing the U.S.-Mexico line.

About 155 agents will be immediately sent to Arizona, according to a department official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the buildup was not yet announced. Another 350 agents - all new trainees - will be permanently assigned to the Arizona border by Sept. 30.

Until they are in place, an additional 200 agents will be temporarily stationed in Arizona during the high immigration season this spring and summer, the official said.

This good news aside there is still a great deal of work required to make our borders as safe as possible.

One thing I do disagree with the President on is his labeling the Minuteman Project volunteers as vigilantes.

Armed or not I see them as an extension of a neighborhood watch or a milita, which is essential in my opinion to protecting our national sovereignty.

"A well-regulated Militia being necessary to the security of a free State,
the right of the people to keep and bear Arms shall not be infringed."
— Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution

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