Ciudad Juarez — where the Juarez and Sinaloa cartels are battling over drug-trafficking routes, abuts El Paso, Texas. Last year the death toll in the region stood at 3,111. According to this report in the LA Times, 2011 projections will be closer to 5,000 dead.
But Perry, sounding an awful lot like George W. Bush, who callously allowed illegal immigration to escalate, says: “Texas has a rich history with Mexico, our largest trading partner, and we share more than 1,200 miles of border, more than any other state. As the debate on immigration reform intensifies, the focus must remain on border security and the federal government’s failure to adequately protect our borders.”
John McCain has perfected the line “We must secure our border first.” (Watch his waffle on this link while speaking to Sean Hannity). Jeff Flake, running to replace Jon Kyl in the U.S. Senate has become adept using the same coded talk. The question to ask is “First before what?”
The answer has always been amnesty.