Earlier this month, at Tell Me More, we spoke to Arizona Attorney General Terry Goddard about the impact the war is having in his state. During the interview, he said the following:
We're very optimistic that this new administration is going to bring a new spirit, a new intensity to some of the problems we have here on the border. And by that, I don't just mean raising fences and digging in. I mean being more intelligent about curbing the drug trade, the weapons trade.
Well, yesterday, President Obama opened the door to upping the ante along the U.S-Mexico border. He said:
We're going to examine whether and if National Guard deployments would make sense, and under what circumstances they would make sense.
That doesn't sound definitive but it is of great interest that the Obama Administration is willing to consider the option.
On tomorrow's show, we will hear from California Democratic Congresswoman Loretta Sanchez and Beto O'Rourke, a member of El Paso's city council. The Congresswoman chairs a Homeland Security subcommittee. O'Rourke represents El Paso's District 8, which is literally on the border with Ciudad Juarez.
Should be interesting to hear what they say about the possibility of troops on the border.