Tim Gaynor
March 19, 2011

PHOENIX, Arizona (Reuters) – More than a thousand National Guard troops brought in last year to shore security on the U.S.-Mexico border will go home in June, authorities said on Friday.

President Barack Obama’s administration provided 1,200 National Guard troops to back up Border Patrol agents while the government hired more federal border and immigration police and bought additional equipment.

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The troops have helped agents gather intelligence as well as providing surveillance and reconnaissance support since they began their deployment last August, U.S. Customs and Border Protection spokesman Mark Qualia said.

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