Money drying up for National Guard at Southwest U.S./Mexico border.

The 1,200 National Guard troops deployed along the Southwest border…

The 1,200 National Guard troops deployed along the Southwest border could be going home on Sept. 30 unless the Department of Defense agrees to cover the cost.

The military pays $10 million a month to keep the troops on the border to assist the Border Patrol in spotting illegal crossings and smugglers.

“It comes down to whether [the Department of Defense] has the resources to maintain the Guard at the border. But we have enough to get us through the end of the fiscal year. We certainly will have very good conversations with secretary of Defense about continuation,” Napolitano told reporters in Washington on Tuesday.

Source: Brian Bennet for the L.A. Times.

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