Illegal Immigration

A White House official says President Bush will call for thousands of National Guard troops to be deployed along the Mexico border in support of patrols aimed at keeping out illegal immigrants.

The president will speak to the nation about immigration Monday evening.

White House aides are said to be working the night to iron out details of the proposal. They want to relieve concerns among lawmakers that using troops to man the border would further burden the an overextended military.

The official says Bush will propose using troops as a stopgap measure while the Border Patrol builds up its resources. The troops would play a supportive role to Border Patrol agents, who would maintain primary responsibility for physically guarding the border.

Growing concern about National Guard presence on the U.S.-Mexico border.