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Obama agenda: Border deployment

"President Obama will deploy 1,200 National Guard troops and request an extra $500 million to secure the Mexican border, his administration said Tuesday, a move dismissed by Republicans as insufficient to win their cooperation on an overhaul of the nation's immigration system," the Washington Post reports.

More: "Obama's proposal came after a testy, closed-door meeting with Senate Republicans on Capitol Hill in which the president clashed with his 2008 campaign rival, Sen. John McCain (Ariz.), according to people present. The two sparred over creating a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants -- something McCain previously supported -- and a new Arizona law that requires police to identify illegal immigrants. 'I said we needed to secure the border first,' McCain recounted after Obama's visit to the GOP luncheon. On the Arizona law, McCain said, 'I pointed out that members of his administration who have not read the law have mischaracterized the law.'" 

The New York Times adds that the move "also reflected political pressure in the president's own party with midterm election campaigns under way and with what is expected to be a tumultuous debate on overhauling immigration law coming up on Capitol Hill." 

"Speaking at a series of fundraisers for Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer, Obama chided Republicans for sitting on the sidelines and putting politics ahead of the needs of the American people. 'There are members of their base who think if somebody even smiles at me, they think, 'You're a traitor, you smiled at Obama,'' the president said."