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National Guard troops start border patrol training in August

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Next month, National Guard troops will begin training to patrol the California-Mexico border.

Two hundred twenty-four California soldiers will assist Border Patrol and other federal law enforcement agents along the state’s border with Mexico. All volunteered for the special mission. It’s part of the Obama administration’s efforts to stop the smuggling of weapons, drugs, and people across the border. Guard members will train for up to three weeks before deployment.

On Friday, Governor Schwarzenegger gave the order to mobilize the troops. Four years ago, the governor told the Bush White House that sending Guard units to the border would be "a logistical nightmare." But eventually he complied. The 200-plus soldiers deployed this summer will be housed in many of the same armories the Guard used four years ago.