“Ashcroft said the use of the National Guard troops will be a temporary measure to assist Border Patrol personnel overtaxed by heightened security measures put in place after the terrorist attacks.

“It’s not a militarization of the border or a fortification of the border,” Ashcroft said.

For what the Justice Department described as an “initial phase,” 419 National Guard troops will be deployed in 12 states bordering Canada.”

I don’t remember ever hearing about a temporary government action.