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Gov. Wants National Guard to Stay on the Border
March 21st, 2008 @ 6:07am
by Jon Zimney/KTAR

Governor Janet Napolitano says despite the Border Patrol insisting they don't need them, she wants the National Guard to stay put on the Arizona-Mexico border.

"I look at results and I look at numbers. Since Operation Jump Start began we have seen a diminution of numbers at the border of people attempting to cross illegally," she says. "Premature

Napolitano says it's more important than ever they stay there, since the virtual fence is a flop and "the failure of the Border Patrol to hire at the rate they predicted they'd be able to hire in terms of net new agents on the staff - premature termination of Operation Jump Start I think is unwise."

Since Operation Jump Start begun, the number of people trying to cross the border illegally has gone down dramatically.