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National Guard Headed to U.S.-Mexico Border

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President Barack Obama is expected to send 1,200 National Guard troops to the U.S. border with Mexico.

The president has not formally announced the plan. But administration officials who spoke to The Associated Press expected him to unveil it soon, as well as ask the federal government for $500 million to support the effort.

Details of the plan come just a week after President Obama met with Mexican President Felipe Calderon at the White House. Both expressed concerns about safety along the border, and said they would take additional steps to secure it.

According to the AP, the National Guard troops would mostly support surveillance and intelligence measures, as well as efforts to curb drug trafficking in the area, by working with border patrol.