U.S. Senators Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., and Saxby Chambliss, R-Ga., today co-sponsored an amendment to a supplemental spending bill that would fully fund 6,000 National Guard troops that would be immediately deployed to the Southwest border.
"The defense of our nation begins with securing our borders," Isakson said. "It is time for Congress to demonstrate a strong commitment to border security. It is the only way we will be able to combat illegal immigration, drug and alien smuggling and violent activity along the Southwest border."
"It is clear there is a need for additional troops to combat the illegal immigration, drug trafficking and escalating violence on the Southwest border," said Chambliss. "I commend the president for his decision to deploy 1,200 troops to the border, but that's not nearly enough. The situation on the Southwest border demands much more. If Congress is serious about fixing our broken immigration system, we have to start by implementing earnest measures to secure the borders. This amendment would be a good first step."
The Obama administration has announced plans to send 1,200 National Guard troops to the border. However, Isakson and Chambliss believe that number is not sufficient in light of escalating violence along the Southwest border.