MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Governor Bob Riley has approved the use
of Alabama National Guard soldiers for security along the US-Mexican border, but their mission would be scaled back or ended if there is a critical need in Alabama.
Riley said the expense of deploying Guard personnel to the border will be paid for by the federal government.
Under the agreement with the Defense Department, if there is a natural disaster or other reason for the Guard soldiers to be back in the state, their role in "Operation Jump Start" will be curtailed.
A Guard officials said soldiers would provide surveillance and logistical support in the border security effort.
The state has not received a request for deployment.
Alabama is among 30 states to sign agreements to send Guard soldiers to the border.