A senior military official confirms that up to 6,000 National Guard troops will be assigned to border patrol, with an initial commitment of between 1-2 years. The troops will be a federalized force under Title 10 -- meaning they will get their marching orders and their pay from the federal government.
Military officials also confirm Kelly O'Donnell's information out of the White House that the troops will be drawn from the four border states of Ariz., Calif., N.M. and Texas.
The National Guardsmen will officially be tasked to support the Department of Homeland Security and the Border Patrol. Pentagon officials stress that the military will not be used for law enforcement, and that they will not participate in apprehension or detention under any circumstances. Instead, the troops will join the 300 National Guardsmen already assigned to the border and provide additional aerial and electronic surveillance and communications support.
Bottom line, these forces will not be assuming any new responsibilities in terms of border patrol. This move is primarily an increase in manpower, or what one official calls creating a more "robust force."