Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer has every right to celebrate the hard-won moral victory for her state.
Brewer stood up to the press, the open borders lobby, criticism from arrogant Obama administration officials who haven’t read the Arizona law, a lecturing President of Mexico and illegal alien protesters taking to the streets hurling threats and the dreaded “R” word at her.
She has led the state of Arizona through the gauntlet and the moral victory is theirs.
Not that the Obama administration plans to do anything that would actually secure the border, but by announcing a deployment of “up to” 1,200 troops to somewhere in the near vicinity of the southern border region, the president has been forced into a political position of at least admitting there’s a problem — and that the Arizona governor was right.
That’s a small step in the right direction.
“My signing of Senate Bill 1070 has clearly ignited the talk of action in Washington for the people of Arizona and other border states,” Brewer said in a written statement. “I am anxious to hear of the details that have not yet been disclosed of where, how and for how long additional forces will be deployed.”
“With the accountability of this election year, I am pleased and grateful that at long last there has been a partial response from the Obama administration to my demands that Washington do its job,” Brewer added.
According to the Associated Press, “The National Guard troops will work on intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance support, analysis and training, and support efforts to block drug trafficking. They will temporarily supplement border patrol agents until Customs and Border Protection can recruit and train additional officers and agents to serve on the border.”
Where have we heard that before?
Oh, I remember, it was the last time a President tried to hold border security hostage to amnesty, but was forced by public pressure to deploy troops anyway.
In 2006, President George W. Bush sent 6,000 National Guard troops to the border — but not really. Unarmed National Guard troops were deployed in support roles — not actually at the border — and not all at once.
And the situation has gotten much worse. Americans have lost their lives. You can’t take that back.
The border region will continue to deteriorate until sufficient resources are dedicated to securing America’s international boundary with Mexico — currently under the operational control of narco-terrorists.
Arizona Sens. Jon Kyl and John McCain issued a joint statement in reaction to what they termed an insufficient deployment and made an announcement of their own:
“We have been calling on President Obama to deploy National Guard troops to the border since March 2009 and are pleased he has finally started to recognize the essential needs of our Southwest states.
“Though this initial deployment is an important first step, the President is not sending enough troops. We believe it would be very helpful if the President could visit the Mexico-U.S. border so he could see firsthand the threat to the safety of Americans from illegal immigration, drug trafficking, and human smuggling. He could also personally witness the need for additional personnel, technology, and infrastructure necessary to secure to the border.
“In 2006, President Bush deployed 6,000 National Guard troops to the Southwest border. We believe the situation on the border is far worse today than it was then due to the escalating violence between the Mexican drug cartels and the Mexican government. For this reason, we need to deploy at least 6,000 National Guard troops to the border region. The fact that President Obama announced today that he will only be sending one-fifth of the troops we believe are required is a weak start and does not demonstrate an understanding of the current situation in the region.
“This morning, we proposed an amendment to fully fund 6,000 National Guard troops to be immediately deployed to the Southwest border and call on the President to support our amendment.”
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