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SAN DIEGO (AP) _ Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger says the first of 224 National Guard troops have completed their training and are expected to be deployed to California’s border with Mexico on September 1.
Schwarzenegger made the announcement Wednesday in San Diego while visiting with the troops.
Last month, the governor directed the National Guard to temporarily support federal efforts to secure the U.S.-Mexico border.
The move is in support of President Barack Obama’s proposal to deploy 1,200 National Guard personnel along the southwest border of the U.S.
The deployment will last up to one year in support of counter-narcotics and border security operations.