POSTED: Friday, June 17, 2011 - 1:45pm
UPDATED: Saturday, June 18, 2011 - 8:26pm
U.S./MEXICO BORDER - National guard troops that were called up to assist along the border with Mexico will remain in place another three months.
The extended deployment affects 1,200 national guard troops sent to help the U.S. Border Patrol in August 2010.
The move is intended to keep pressure on illegal border crossings while the Department of Homeland Security builds more fences and installs sensors.
It also allows DHS more time to train additional officers.
Congress authorized $600 million for the Department of Homeland Security to hire an additional 1,000 Border Patrol agents, 250 officers at ports of entry and 250 immigration officers.