U.S. troops at Mexico line ‘last resort’ -official

Reuters, 3/12/2009

Sending U.S. troops to the Mexican border is an unlikely “last resort” for combating any spillover of drug violence, but the Obama administration is updating contingency plans, officials said on Thursday.

Senior Homeland Security Department officials testified to Congress a day after President Barack Obama, under growing pressure from border-state governors, told reporters he was considering deploying National Guard troops but at no time soon.

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