Desperate move in the war on brown people
We gots Mexicans to hunt
Bush Weighs Deploying Guard to U.S. Border
By LOLITA C. BALDOR, Associated Press Writer 1 hour, 2 minutes ago
President Bush, trying to build momentum for an overhaul of the nation's immigration laws, is considering plans to shore up the Mexican border with National Guard troops paid for by the federal government, according to senior administration officials.
One defense official said military leaders believe the number of troops required could range from 3,500 to 10,000, depending on the final plan. Another administration official cautioned that the 10,000 figure was too high.
The officials insisted on anonymity since no decision has been announced.
The president was expected to reveal his plans in an address Monday at 8 p.m. EDT. It will be the first time he has used the Oval Office for a domestic policy speech — a gesture intended to underscore the importance he places on the divisive immigration issue.
The key questions Friday were exactly how many National Guard troops might be deployed, for how long and at what cost to taxpayers — as well as the problem of possible disruption of upcoming deployments to Iraq and elsewhere overseas.
But Texas Democratic Reps. Silvestre Reyes and Solomon Ortiz — both senior members of the Armed Services Committee — sent a letter to Bush urging him to consider a number of issues before deploying the troops, including whether another mission is in the best interest of "our over-stretched military."
As discussions among the White House, the Pentagon and the states continued on how the military could be used to secure the southern border, defense officials said states want the federal government to pick up what will be a significant tab for the increased security. Officials had no estimates on that cost.
Bush's speech Monday night is intended to build support for broad immigration overhaul by taking substantive steps to secure the border.
"We need to beef up those (border) operations and the cost will be substantial," Sen. John Cornyn (news, bio, voting record), R-Texas, said in an interview. "People are just not going to accept comprehensive immigration reform unless they are assured the government is going to secure the border. People have lost confidence in the federal government because they simply haven't addressed this in a dramatic and effective way."
Paul McHale, assistant secretary of defense for homeland defense, asked officials earlier this week to offer options for the use of military resources and troops — particularly the National Guard — along the border with Mexico, according to defense officials familiar with the discussions.
Why this is a bad idea
Wheels of Justice
by Pinché Tejano
Let me tell you the story of a boy by the name of Esequiel Hernandez, Jr. This story will unfortunately be posthumous, due his being gunned down, assassin-style by a group of Marines on patrol on American soil. On May 20, 1997, Esequiel was herding the pride of his poor Hispanic family in Redford, Texas. He took his goats down to water everyday after school. What he did not know was he was being stalked by a group of four marines who had been camped just outside his small village for about three days.................
What happened in 1997, was that Esequiel was mistaken for a drug runner by a Scout-sniper team and killed.
Given the rates of PTSD among those serving in combat overseas, and the difficult nature of actually patrolling the border, expect the bodies to pile up.
This is a desperate move to shore up Bush's base, but should enrage Mexican-Americans. Combat trained teenagers with M-4's are not the best border security, but they are perfect to cause an accident with firearms.
One of the downsides of having large numbers of the national guard who have served in combat is that they are less likely to be effective in law enforcement. Why? Because their reflexes have been conditioned to react to combat. Guys who jump at loud noises and tense up at shadows are not the people you want dealing with civilians.
Border security is a two state solution. Throwing up the Guard will not make the border more secure and will ensure massive support for the Dems among Hispanic voters. First, you call them criminals, then you send the Guard to hunt them down like game.
The fact is simple: we need a larger civilian border patrol and more effective censors, along with an effort to catch and jail coyotes who bring people across the border
Oh, and the Mexicans will definitely reconsider that drug bill Fox didn't sign last month.
We need cooperation from Mexico, treating them like an enemy will not help matters.
posted by Steve @ 12:08:00 AM