The National Guard already operates successfully at the border in its efforts to prevent drug trafficking and it can also help guard against illegal immigration, Supt. Antonovich said.
Legal immigration is a positive influence on American culture and the economy, he said, but illegal immigrants cost county taxpayers billions of dollars in public safety, health care and social services. Illegal immigration is an affront to people who follow the law and want to become legal citizens, he added.
Sherman honored for efforts to against polio
Congressman Brad Sherman, whose 27th-district seat includes Burbank, was honored for his efforts to stamp out polio, which still infects children in parts of Africa and Southeast Asia. Sherman received the Polio Eradication Award, along with Sens. Hillary Clinton, Barak Obama and Elizabeth Dole, among others.
Sherman's congressional voting record reflects consistent support for measures to contribute government funds to battle polio, Sherman's spokesperson Michael Briggs said.
The United States has added $1.2 billion to the worldwide effort to eradicate polio. Once polio is eradicated, it will be the second disease since smallpox ever to be entirely wiped off the globe.