Some residents in this Arizona border town said they still have not seen any National Guard troops along the U.S.-Mexico border.

According to Homeland Security Director Janet Napolitano, 532 troops are scheduled to be working with immigration officials at the Tucson sector by the end of this week.

“I haven’t seen anything like that,” local business owner Mario Gibbons said. “I’ve seen Customs (agents).”
Gibbons is preparing for the tourist season at his clothing store, which is set to open Friday.

According to Jack Harrison director of communications with the National Guard bureau, Arizona’s troops are ready.

“What was allocated for Arizona’s portion has been identified,” Harrison said.

Harrison said many are currently working with Immigration and Customs Enforcement as well as Customs and Border Protection.

“Residents should not expect to see armed citizen soldiers and airman patrolling the border,” Harrison said. “The goal is not to militarize the border, rather guardsman are there to support C.B.P. and I.C.E.”

Some neighbors in the border town said they fear adding armed trooped will hurt business.

“If it weren’t for the people on the other side, businesses would fail,” said resident Rocky Carbajal.

An event showcasing the troops is expected to take place late this week, or early next week.

Source: Cara Liu for KPHO.

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