Calif. Deploys Nat'l Guard Troops to Mexican Border

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Army National Guard troops have completed their training and are ready to be deployed on California's border with Mexico - the latest step in the nationwide fight against illegal immigration.

In San Diego, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger welcomed 224 National Guard soldiers and airmen to their new task of helping to guard the long border between the Golden State and Mexico.

Schwarzenegger pointed out this isn't just about stopping poor Mexicans looking for a job in the U.S.

"They are coming in with drugs, human trafficking, drug smuggling, and illegal crossings," he said. "That has to stop."

Meanwhile in Texas, a hearing brought out the crippling cost of caring for illegal immigrants in a state drowning under an $18 billion budget deficit. A state official pointed out that Texas taxpayers paid $96 million for health care for illegals during the last fiscal year.

Included in that cost was paying for 63,000 births to illegal immigrants. Another official revealed Texas is spending more than $170 million a year to house criminals who are also suspected to be in the U.S. illegally.

"It would seem as though they would become a direct responsibility of the feds and the feds should assume all the cost," said State Rep. Silvester Turner, D-Houston.

However, the federal government will only reimburse less than one-ninth of that massive bill. As Texas lawmakers look for ways to cut costs, one Hispanic lawmaker said the Lone Star State shouldn't make victims of its illegals.

"Undocumented immigrants or residents are being a punching bag," said State Rep. Rene Oliviera, D-Brownsville.

Denton County Judge Mary Horn testified her county simply can't afford the costs.

"Really the only solution to it is to close the border," Horn said.

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