Sacramento, CA– Governor Schwarzenegger says he is receptive to seeing the National Guard on the border, but only until more Border Patrol agents can be hired and trained.
He says it is inappropriate for the Guard to be deployed at the border permanently.
Schwarzenegger said today the war in Iraq has already put the Guard under “tremendous stress” and that California may need troops in case of fire, earthquake or flood.
The governor spoke at an elementary school in Oceanside. Calexico Mayor Alex Perrone calls the Guard presence “an act of aggression” against the Mexican people. Aida Gasdelum works at a health clinic in San Diego. He says the military would create an unnecessary state-of-war atmosphere.
Armando Trujillo commutes daily from Tijuana to a job repairing Navy ships in San Diego. He says the Guard would keep in check the Minutemen Civil Defense Corps and other civilian volunteer groups that began patrolling the border last year.