Obama to request $500 million for border security and add 1,200 agents to southern border (with video of Arizona state Senator calling for new immigration bill in Arizona)

The Washington Post is reporting this afternoon that President Obama plans to announce that he wants to add 1,200 National Guard troops to the southern border and request $500 million in extra money for border security.  It's in direct response to Republican criticism that he needs to do more about border security before working on any type of comprehensive immigration reform legislation.

Last week, Arizona's two Republican U.S. Senators,John McCain and Jon Kyle, wrote to Obama, asking him to send guard troops to the border.  The Post reports that McCain announced today he plans to introduce an amendment that would fund 6,000 troops on the southwest border.

"The violence has crossed the border and escalated to a point where many Arizonans do not feel safe within their own homes or on their own property," McCain and Kyl wrote last week. "It would be irresponsible not to do everything we can to stop the escalating violence along the border with Mexico."

Obama's announcement comes as national polls overwhelmingly show support for Arizona's tough new anti-illegal immigration law. The only group that does not support the law are Hispanics (In a Wall Street Journal taken earlier this month, 70% said they were against the law).  Also against it are what conservatives call the media elite.

Meanwhile, the man that brought you - or Arizonans, at least, SB 1070, State Senator Russell Pearce, is just getting started.  Pearce now wants a bill that would enable Arizona to no longer grant citizenship to the children of illegal immigrants born on U.S. soil.  He spoke about to Fox News' Bill O'Reilly Monday night, who looked and sounded a bit bewildered by this latest call for a crackdown on Latinos in Arizona.

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