August 16, 2010

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Several speaking to the crowd of more than 400 demanded Congress and President Barack Obama devote more resources to increase border security in remote areas like the site of Sunday’s demonstration southeast of Tucson.

Tea party activists are a loose-knit coalition of community groups largely made up of people with conservative and libertarian views who say government has grown too large, threatening individual liberties. They also believe government spending should be curtailed.

“We are going to force them to do it, because if they don’t, we will not stop screaming,” said former state Sen. Pam Gorman, one of 10 Republicans vying for an open congressional seat in north Phoenix. She carried a handgun in a holster slung over her shoulder as she mingled with demonstrators.

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Mr Obama signed a bill last week directing $600 million more to securing the border – money that will pay for hiring 1,000 more border patrol agents along with customs agents, communications equipment and expanded use of unmanned aerial vehicles.

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