Obama to send 1,200 troops to US-Mexico border
WASHINGTON (AP) – President Barack Obama will send 1,200 National Guard troops to boost security along the U.S.-Mexico border, officials said Tuesday, pre-empting Republican plans to try to force votes on such a deployment.
Obama will also request $500 million for border protection and law enforcement activities, according to lawmakers and administration officials. The moves come as chances for action on comprehensive immigration reform, Obama’s long-stated goal, look increasingly small in this election year. But Obama is under pressure to do something with the issue front and center after Arizona’s passage of a tough crackdown law.
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, an administration official said.
The official, speaking on condition of anonymity ahead of a public announcement, disclosed the plans shortly after Obama met at the Capitol with Republican senators who pressed him on immigration issues including the question of sending National Guard troops to the border.
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Obama to send 1,200 troops to US-Mexico border
Here we go again, another *dog and pony* show, designed to placate the weak-minded among us into believing that the Obama regime is actually doing something to combat the ILLEGALS that are invading this nation.
They are NOT!
Arizona Republican Sens. John McCain and Jon Kyl have been urging such a move, and Republicans planned to try to require it as an amendment to a pending war spending bill.
In a speech Tuesday on the Senate floor, McCain said the situation on the U.S.-Mexico border has “greatly deteriorated.” He called for 6,000 National Guard troops to be sent, and he asked for $250 million more to pay for them.
“I appreciate the additional 1,200 being sent … as well as an additional $500 million, but it’s simply not enough,” McCain said.
It’s simply amazing how Conservative and *mavericky* McCain can sound when he’s on the campaign trail isn’t it?
Well folks, I have to tell you, whether he’s making campaign noises or not, this time I have to agree with the old RINO, it’s not enough, not nearly enough, and Barack Hussein Obama knows it’s not enough. But, what it really is, in terms of political clout, is just enough to give Obama the high ground so he can say, “I tried”.
He didn’t, not really, but he will claim the effort.
Democrats were considering countering McCain’s amendment with a proposal of their own after disclosure of the White House plans.
Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz., said that the administration would announce the deployments late in the day Tuesday. But the White House wasn’t expected to formally send the spending request to Capitol Hill until after the Memorial Day recess, said Kenneth Baer, spokesman for the White House Office of Management and Budget.
Maybe I’m just a bitter Conservative, but the only counter offer I can see the Democrats making would be “Sit down and shut up or we’ll introduce an amnesty bill and jam it down your throats while we still have the power to do so.”
Homeland Security and Pentagon officials have been jousting over the possible National Guard deployment for the better part of a year. Pentagon officials worried about perceptions that the U.S. was militarizing the border and did not want Guard troops to perform law enforcement duties.
It’s OUR border! It is the business of no one outside of this nation how we man that border!
In 2006, President George W. Bush sent thousands of troops to the border to perform support duties that tie up immigration agents. But that program has since ended, and politicians in border states have called for troops to be sent there to curb human and drug smuggling and to deal with Mexico’s drug violence that has been spilling over into the United States.
George W. Bush DID send troops to the border, unarmed troops. Observers. Big deal. The Bush plan made the troops little more than *clerical staff*. Support duties? Excuse me?? SUPPORT DUTIES??
National Guard troops should only be placed on the border if they are going to be armed and allowed to protect and defend our nation and our border! That is the job of our National Guard troops, that is the job they are intended to do and should be doing!
Sadly, our National Guard troops are still in Iraq in great numbers. In Iraq…
I can’t speak to the numbers of National Guard troops in Afghanistan, I have no precise knowledge of that particular endeavor, but I do know this, if our National Guard troops were brought home and tasked with the duties for which they are intended, there would be NO problems along our border.
More than 20,000 Border Patrol agents are deployed now, mostly along the Southern border.
And we’re supposed to believe that by sending 1,200 National Guard troops to the border, that our government is somehow doing the job of protecting this nation and it’s sovereignty? 1,200 unarmed troops that are only going to fill in the gaps for the U.S. Border Patrol?
Think about it like this folks, 1,200 troops brings about approximately a 7 percent increase in the number of personnel we have on the border right now. Yeah, it will help, a little, but it’s not much more than a drop in the bucket when you look at *The BIG Picture*.
As I said in my opening, it just another *dog and pony* show, brought to you by those fine folks in Washington, D.C. A program designed to make everyone feel all warm and fuzzy as another $500 million dollars gets spent and nothing gets done in the process.