“Border critic” criticizing U.S. polices, not Mexico’s
Reading the headline, Border critic joins staff of governor as advisor, one might be tempted to think that Janet Napolitano has expanded her staff to include those who are critical of the porous southern border and supportive of building the long promised security fence.
Aw, shucks. Wrong again.
The new appointee is former Douglas Mayor Ray Borane, who has “defended the contributions of immigrant labor to the U.S. economy,” and has “criticized federal efforts to build a wall along the border, saying it “ignores the interconnectedness of the U.S. and Mexican communities.”
Douglas, Arizona abuts the Mexican town of Agua Prieta, Sonora
Borane will be paid $40,000 a year. With the state budget stretched past its limits, Napolitano feels it is appropriate to hire an advisor who is supportive of a continued flow of illegal immigrants.
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Borane has said the Minuteman Project was not welcome in his town, because they are “white supremacist, racist and very dangerous people” and was “creating an environment that is not good for our people!”
When facing a well-funded foe in 2006, Sen. Jon Kyl was assuring funding of double and triple border fencing, 200 miles of steel vehicle barriers and hiring an additional 10,000 to 12,000 new agents in the next five years. Ray Borane derisively termed the proposal the latest “idea of the month” from Washington, D.C. “It’s starting to be ridiculous, to be honest with you,” Borane said. “As long as I’ve been in office, I’ve been dealing with everybody’s ideas.”
“They just keep throwing money at the border with all these new novelty things that they try,” Borane said. “It’s just a waste of taxpayers’ money.”
Not too much has changed. We’re still waiting for Kyl’s campaign promises to reach fruition.
But Ray Borane, critic of border enforcement, is now ensconced in the governor’s tower.