Political obfuscation doesn’t change the border crisis

            Peruse this incomplete list of recent developments in the wake of Federal Judge Susan R. Bolton’s ruling that “knocked the teeth” out of Arizona’s SB 1070 illegal immigration legislation, then ask yourself how the politicians safely ensconced behind multiple layers of security and law enforcement in Washington, D.C. can continue to deny that a state of crisis exists along the Mexican border.

  • The token assignment of National Guard troops, 524 of the 6,000 requested has been delayed.
  • Mexican cartels “green-lighted” the murder of Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu and offered $1 million for the head of Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio for interfering with their smuggling activities.
  • Cash-strapped counties lack the funds to adequately arm and equip the officers and deputies  to face the brutally violent smugglers, forcing sheriffs like Babeu to ask for public donations to purchase semi-automatic rifles. Some LEOs I speak with regularly have already purchased guns and body armor out of their own pockets.
  • Arizona got singled out for the Obama administration’s attention while Virginia, one of an estimated 24 states including hundreds of state and municipal law enforcement agencies, follows policies essentially the same as SB 1070.
  • Mexican President Felipe Calderon, whose insulting remarks last May about Arizona and U.S. law received a standing ovation from amnesty-supporting members of Congress, confessed what has been obvious to residents along the border for a long time. The cartels intend to govern Mexico and Calderon and the corrupt politicians, military and police cannot stop them.

            The anti-SB 1070 protests continue uselessly in Phoenix. Other than to divert law enforcement resources from their regular duties, the protests had literally no influence over the passage of the law or the outcome of the first of many court hearings. Rep. Raul Grijalva, D-Ariz., fully understands that Bolton’s ruling is merely the tip of the iceberg in this case, but realizing the damage done to the people least responsible for the insult perceived by Grijalva by SB 1070’s passage, the Democratic congressman called for an end to the boycotts he was the first to promote.

            Unfortunately for Grijalva, his Latino brethren did not jump on the rescind the boycott bandwagon. He’s got a few months to mitigate the damage he’s done to his reputation before Arizona voters, who have a long memory, go back to the polls to vote him out of office. His transparent and futile call for a lame-duck Congressional hearing on comprehensive immigration reform fooled no one.

            During a Phoenix concert that angered the musicians who are boycotting the state, Lady Gaga ask if Arizonans “really think that us dumb (expletive) pop stars are going to collapse the economy of Arizona?” Answer, clearly not. And her support for fellow musicians who took a philosophical position would not have bankrupted her either, but it plainly demonstrates that her greed outweighs her ethics, and nobody really cares about an attention whore’s politics anyway. She’s irrelevant to the debate. 

            It was reported that the Obama administration is deporting more illegal immigrants than ever before, and concentrating on apprehending the worst of the criminal illegals.

            “Findings by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse at Syracuse show more illegal immigrants were removed from the United States during the first nine months of this fiscal year than during the same period in 2008, when Republican George W. Bush was president and controlled immigration enforcement.

            Senior ICE leadership dedicates more time to campaigning for immigration reforms aimed at large scale amnesty legislation, than advising the American public and Federal lawmakers on the severity of the illegal immigration problem.”

            Oddly, the rank-and-file members of the Border Patrol and Immigration and Customs Enforcement union unanimously supported a vote of no confidence in their leadership that “has become so politicized as to compromise the effectiveness of ICE and the safety of American people. ICE reports internally that more than 90 percent of ICE detainees are first encountered in jails after they are arrested by local police for criminal charges, ICE senior leadership misrepresents this information publicly in order to portray ICE detainees as being non-criminal in nature to support the Administration’s position on amnesty and relaxed security at ICE detention facilities.

            “The majority of ICE ERO Officers are prohibited from making street arrests or enforcing United States immigration laws outside of the institutional (jail) setting. This has effectively created “amnesty through policy” for anyone illegally in the United States who has not been arrested by another agency for a criminal violation.”

            “Is the GOP shedding a birthright?” screams the headline of a Washington Post column by E.J. Dionne Jr.Rather than shout, I’ll just ask the question in a civil way: Dear Republicans, do you really want to endanger your party’s greatest political legacy by turning the 14th Amendment to our Constitution into an excuse for election-year ugliness?”

            Election year? Perhaps Dionne has an inside line to the inner circles of Congress, but the smart money is betting that Democrats will do whatever is necessary to prevent any immigration reforms, conditional or comprehensive, from moving forward until after the elections—the ones in 2012.

            Perhaps the concern of Senators Lindsey Graham, Jon Kyl and other Republicans who believe the original intent of the 14th Amendment was hijacked by the opinion of one Supreme Court judge. The debate is worth having. The alternative is to have the number of anchor babies dropped by illegals skyrocket over the next decade. The melting pot of immigrants that made this nation consisted of immigrants who entered the United States legally. Nowhere in the Constitution does it mandate rewarding those whose first act entering the country was against the law.

            James Thunder poses an interesting question about the Obama’s contradictory stance on local jurisdictions enforcing federal laws in this piece. “So, do we not have the prospect of a person of Hispanic ethnicity on a reservation in Arizona being lawfully stopped and questioned by tribal police, while the same person standing outside the reservation cannot be by Arizona police?”

            It’s a power play between the Americans who support border security and enforcement of federal immigration law and a progressive president bent on social justice for the world over the oath he swore to uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States. Obama is an enemy of this nation that must not be permitted to prevail.


About zingstrom

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One Response to Political obfuscation doesn’t change the border crisis

  1. The border is NOT more secure and resourced than it has ever been. Clearly Alan Bersin knows nothing of the Punitive Expedition or the Mexican Border Campaign which occurred 94 years ago and involved more than 100,000 National Guard and Regular Army troops. Unfortunately, most American citizens are also ignorant of this key moment in our history.

    Here is a link to letters written by a National Guardsman on the Border exactly 94 years ago. Too bad our politicians are more interested in being politically correct than robustly defending the sovereignty of the United States.


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