Earlier today President Obama made a big production of signing a $600 million border security package into law, claiming it will put 1,000 border agents and technology along the Mexican border. Accompanying him during the Oval office signing, was none other than former Arizona Governor and Homeland INsecurity Chieftain Janet Napolitano, famous for her blasé retort when frustrated Arizonans pleaded for border action: “Show me a 50-foot fence, and I’ll show you a 51-foot ladder.”
A bit of background: In May, Obama gave assurances that he would send administration officials to Arizona within a couple of weeks to work out details of a plan to deploy up to 1,200 National Guard troops on the U.S.-Mexico border.
By mid-July Napolitano vowed that National Guard troops assigned to the Arizona border would begin to arrive by Aug. 1, with the feds sending additional reinforcements to staunch the flow of illegal aliens and contraband entering our state.
Just days ago, staring mid-August squarely in the eye, we were told it will still be weeks before National Guard troops are on the U.S.-Mexico border — troops the White House last guaranteed would be there nearly two weeks ago. “Full deployment will take place over succeeding weeks,” Napolitano recently said, “It won’t be 100 percent showing up all of a sudden.”
Be wary of Obama’s new plan. It doesn’t come near to adequately addressing much needed Border Patrol agents or customs inspectors nor does it provide one cent toward the requested program that criminally charges illegal aliens.
The U.S.-Mexico border is 1,969 miles long. 1,000 border agents will ensure approximately one agent every two miles. Imagine the deterrent effect of such a bold move!
What we do get with this highly publicized but vacuous and insincere overture is a king-sized dose of more Democrat border hyperbole.
We’ve seen it often enough to know bull when it’s in our line of vision.