March 24, 2009 / 2:54 PM / 8 years ago

U.S. still considering troops for Mexican border

WASHINGTON, March 24 (Reuters) - The United States is still considering standby plans for the use of National Guard reserve troops to help contain a feared cross-border spread of Mexican drug cartel violence, U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said on Tuesday.

As she unveiled other border security measures, Napolitano told reporters that before a troops plan is completed she wanted to discuss the issue with Texas Governor Rick Perry, who has requested guard forces. [ID:nN24343200]

Napolitano said she would meet with Perry on Thursday. (Reporting by Randall Mikkelsen; Editing by John O‘Callaghan)

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