POSTED: Thursday, April 23, 2009 - 5:46pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, February 17, 2010 - 3:23pm
Southern state governors are asking congressional leaders to fully fund a long-standing program in which National Guard troops help with anti-drug efforts at the U.S.-Mexico border.
The governors of Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and California sent a letter Wednesday to House and Senate leaders, saying that funding the program would allow federal, state and local law enforcement to fulfill the federal government's commitment to reduce demand for illegal drugs in the United States.
The requested funding would increase New Mexico's budget for the
anti-drug mission by about $5 million and allow for the deployment
of 100 additional National Guard personnel.
Richardson says that as the violence associated with drug and
weapons trafficking intensifies,it's clear more manpower is needed.