October 31, 2001
Governor John Engler today applauded President Bushs decision to extend the Michigan National Guards 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.
"Im 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 Michigans borders a priority and that details of the agreement are being worked out.