Governor Engler Applauds Additional Funding for Michigan National Guard to Assist at Border Crossings

Contact: Susan Shafer (517) 335-6397

October 31, 2001


Governor John Engler today applauded President Bush’s decision to extend the Michigan National Guard’s mission at U.S.-Canadian border crossings.


"I have been informed by Governor Tom Ridge that the Michigan National Guard will man the borders until a permanent resolution of all security and customs measures is achieved," said Governor Engler.


"I spoke with President Bush and Governor Ridge yesterday, and Treasury and Customs officials over the last week, and applaud them for addressing this issue, which is so vital to Michigan.


"I’m also deeply grateful for the assistance of the entire Michigan Congressional delegation and countless business leaders who helped convey the urgency of this matter."


Engler said President Bush has committed to making a National Guard presence at Michigan’s borders a priority and that details of the agreement are being worked out.