Schwarzenegger was initially reluctant to allow the California National Guard to assist the Border Patrol, and insisted in remarks [text] Thursday that "the mission that I will assign to our California National Guard will be significantly different from the plan laid out by President Bush." In particular, Schwarzenegger plans to sign an executive order that calls for the California troops' withdrawal by the end of 2008. The deployment of up to 6,000 Guard members in cooperation with state governors, which Bush announced in a prime-time address [JURIST report] last month, is a key element in the president's immigration reform [JURIST news archive] strategy. AP has more.
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