National Guard heads to the border

posted at 10:33 am on June 5, 2006 by Allahpundit

Speaking of empty gestures meant to appease disaffected conservatives, the first 55 Guardsmen of the 6,000 promised by the president have touched down in Arizona. Tancredo marks the occasion by paying appropriate tribute to the Senate amnesty bill in NRO.

But TT’s strong-border approach only solves half the problem — literally. According to the CBS article,

[T]he little-acknowledged reality is that nearly half the estimated 12 million undocumented foreigners in the United States entered on bona fide U.S. visas – and simply never left. Authorities call them “overstays” who have been largely overlooked in the vitriolic debate on immigration… Many borrow the social security numbers of legal residents or use falsified documents to build what appear to be legal identities, making it difficult for employers to know when someone is undocumented. Others work informally, as maids, gardeners or in other jobs where employers rarely require paperwork, despite federal law.

The irony of Bush calling his amnesty plan “comprehensive immigration reform” is that we really do need comprehensive reform, including an effective system of detection and deportation of overstays and other illegals. How many federal agents would it take to run such a system, though, given the massive numbers of illegals who are already here?

Meanwhile, the LA Times reports that Cardinal Mahony isn’t the only local priest who can’t resist politicking from the pulpit. Who would Jesus legalize?

“As Christians, Catholic Christians, we cannot let fear rule us,” Brown said. “Christ commands us to love one another — even our enemies. We cannot let the fear of losing jobs, of educating illegal immigrants, and healthcare costs be major reasons for promulgating laws that violate our Christian heritage.”…

Keith Chilcott, 70, a construction project manager from Santa Ana, said he found the remarks “absolutely outrageous.”

“This was a service for the kids,” he said.

“It was not time to introduce politics. We didn’t need to get into the issue of the laws of the country and those who break the law.”

Finally, at the Nail Yale blog, Clint Taylor puts out an APB.

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Thank you Tom Tancredo. You are a true American.

donna on June 5, 2006 at 10:46 AM

They had an interview with some of the NG soldiers and their commanding officer in Arizona specifically said we won’t militarize the border, we won’t be participating in law enforcement actions and we’re not armed.


Defector01 on June 5, 2006 at 10:46 AM

Politics, Defector, politics…

BirdEye on June 5, 2006 at 10:51 AM

Bush Sr’s “No new taxes” pledge was as meaningless as is Bush Jr’s pledge to control the border using National Guard troops or anything else. It is hollow doublespeak.

ForYourEdification on June 5, 2006 at 10:54 AM

I have high hope for putting web cams on the border so we can all see how the illegals running over the border every day! What a genious move to bring Americans to the reality!

HotAir should post the links up when it is done so we can all monitor our border.

easy87us on June 5, 2006 at 11:11 AM

easy87us: I agree, and also think it’s a great idea — but you don’t need a webcam to see the effects of illegal immigration.

Simply stroll down any street in Los Angeles, Phoenix, Tucson, New York, Miami, or ANY American city or town, especially one with an employer who benefits from cheap labor.

We no longer look like “America”; we are already becoming a third world nation.

ForYourEdification on June 5, 2006 at 11:18 AM

Estates Unidos, or something like that.

clyde on June 5, 2006 at 11:35 AM

Your absolutely on the mark, AllahPundit. I’ve been raising this issue from the beginning: without a serious plan for internal enforcement, what a guest worker program will do is nothing more than allow future illegal immigrants to bypass the border patrol altogether. This isn’t a ‘guest worker’ or ‘temporary worker’ program, rather it is a ‘permanent resident’ program.

By the way, there has been a lot of buzz going on about a publication from the Council on Foreign Relations document called “Building a North American Community.” Here is an article from Human Events on what people are dubbing NAFTA Plus:

Here is the English (as opposed to Spanish and French, of course) version of the report:

Even though it is sugarcoated for easier consumption, I groaned as I read this publication.

tommy1 on June 5, 2006 at 11:36 AM

ForYourEdification, Americans needs to be shocked into reality.

I live near Chicago, I know….

I just don’t know how Bush can get us into such a situation! If it was not Michelle’s blog on how Bush dropped the ball on persecuting employers of illegals, I would still be in the dark.

On the proliferation of illegals in past five years, I put the blame squarely on Bush!

easy87us on June 5, 2006 at 11:37 AM

Article 1 Section 8…

The CONGRESS shall have the power to…

To provide the organizing, arming,a nd disciplining the militia, and for governing such Part of them as may be employed in the Serice of the United States, reserving to the States respectivly, the Appointment of the Officers, and the Authority of training the Militia according to the discpipline prescribed by Congress.


Looks to me like Constitutionaly CONGRESS needs to act, not the Pres. All he has done is ASKED certain State Governors to use their own Guard troops… but it has NOT been approved by Congress, and apparently no money has been allocated…. so… this is all a political sop to the right, doesn’t mean a thing. PRESIDENT BUSH DID NOTHING!

55 arrived after what, 2 weeks? Apparently they don’t feel this is an emergency…

Romeo13 on June 5, 2006 at 11:57 AM

As I understand it, Illeagles are doing jobs that Americans would do, but not at the low wages the businesses are paying.
So, lets say you have 50 illeagles at a 7-11 waiting for work. Man drives up and says “I need 20 men to put up sheet rock, who will do it for $3.00 an hour?” fifrty hands go up. So next he says ” Who will do it for $2.00 an hour?”
30 hands go up.
At last he says “Final offer, truck leaves in 1 minute. $1.50 an hour, take it or leave it”

20 Illeagles hop on the truck, since $1.50 an hour is better then nothing.

Congratulation to the amnesty freaks, you have reintroduced Slavery, with a few minor changes. Lincoln would be proud of you.

Wyrd on June 5, 2006 at 11:59 AM

Actually, the proof that there is no labor shortage is the basic law of supply and demand. If there was a labor shortage the wages for these jobs Americans supposedly won’t do would go up dramatically, attracting more native born workers. The fact that wages for these jobs remain depressed (often lower, adjusting for inflation, than they were decades ago, such as for construction work and meatpacking) is evidence of “labor saturation.”

Funny how all those “conservative economists” forget the most basic economic principles when justifying further immigration.

tommy1 on June 5, 2006 at 12:05 PM

Depending on the job, “illegals” are not making minimum wage. They are making more than that. There are many Americans that would work for the wages the “illegals” do. no retreat no surrender.

donna on June 5, 2006 at 12:12 PM

And, once they get past the troops, they can vote for Democrats! Busby (Democrat running for Duke Cunningham’s former district) actually (publicly!) told an illegal who complained of lacking indentification papers that “you don’t need papers to vote.”

Busby then tried to recant by saying that she was just telling the illegals that they could help out and work on her campaign. I guess there ARE some jobs real Americans won’t do!!

Here’s the link:

secarr on June 5, 2006 at 12:19 PM

Cardinal Mahony presents himself as a Catholic, but he really is a flaming liberal using his power to promote not Catholic dogma and doctrines but rather “liberation theology.” In other words, his religion is socialism, not Catholicism. Mother Angelica (founder of EWTN) called him on this fact when she rightly accused him publicly of not believing in central Catholic tenets, such as the Transubstatiation. (This episode is written in her biography by Raymond Arroyo.)

I’m a devout Catholic, and there is nowhere (not surprisingly) in Catholicism stating that one must have open borders.

januarius on June 5, 2006 at 12:34 PM

Fity-five—-55——FIFTY-FIVE divide into 6000=109…
So its been two weeks x 109= 218 weeks for 6,000 to arrive at the border. 218 weeks =4.2 years. So, by August 2010 we’ll have our minimal 6000 NG to help.

shooter on June 5, 2006 at 12:46 PM

That’s HUGE news in San Diego and there is far less of a chance that Busby will win NOW

Defector01 on June 5, 2006 at 12:48 PM

Busby will probably win, due to the fact no one has to prove citizenship to vote anymore in the United States. Loretta Sanchez, member of Congress from Los Angeles, is living proof. After Sanchez’ first election, officials checked and proved over 700 votes were by illegals not qualified to vote at all. Those 700 illegal votes got her elected, and have kept her elected. Was the election overturned? Noooooo. That might offend someone.

clyde on June 5, 2006 at 1:00 PM

Tom Tancredo is absolutly right the Senate immigration bill “is a pig in the poke”, and “a sell out”. Trancredo is also right on when he says that the “peoples House” must take the bull by the horns, and refuse the Senate “sell out”. Tom Tancredo for President in “08”.

birdman on June 5, 2006 at 1:04 PM

Bush is owned lock, stock and barrel by business. He played the religious right like a fiddle.

honora on June 5, 2006 at 1:50 PM

Clyde – Funny you should mention that… I lived in her congressional district in 96′ when the voter fraud went down. The voter registration drive was funded by the Clinton/Gore campaign and had some cute name like “One Million Voters for 96′” or something like that… Once the fraud was exposed the CA board of elections initially refused to cooperate and release the voter roles for investigation. Finally, illegals that voted were identified. NOT A SINGLE PERSON WAS PROSEQUTED AS THE ILLEGALS WERE DEEMED TO NOT KNOW THAT THEY HAD BROKEN A LAW, in other words innocent by stupidity!
The fact is that I actually voted for Sanchez as Bob Dornan was off the wall at the time regarding AIDS. I thought he was just so much cannon fodder for the other side.
I wanted her to win, but not at the expense of abridging my right as an American citizen to determine the course of our country. Anyone that doesn’t think that voter reg. is completely compromised should look again. Motor voter baby…

Babs on June 5, 2006 at 1:54 PM

Talk about Catch 22. If the National Guardsmen are armed they will be accused of Haditha-style atrocities by the Mexican Government, Coyotes and dope dealers. If National Guardsmen are not armed they will provide target practice for the Mexican Government, Coyotes and dope dealers.

MaiDee on June 5, 2006 at 2:00 PM

55 Barney Fifes. That should really help border security.

As an aside, this is a wonderful time of the year to have national guard station on the Mexican border. Day time temps near or above 100. After a few days of that those national guard folks won’t want to venture out of the air conditioning.

docdave on June 5, 2006 at 2:00 PM

I’d rather just put tanks on the border

Defector01 on June 5, 2006 at 2:05 PM

Thanks to Tom Tancredo. Is nice to see there are still Americans in Congress.

Cary on June 5, 2006 at 2:08 PM

Bush has destroyed us all!!!!
Impeach him NOW.

Kramer on June 5, 2006 at 2:42 PM

ParaPundit has a fascinating article on how Mexicans stack up in their social opinions and attitudes:

tommy1 on June 5, 2006 at 2:46 PM

Wow, 55 Guardsmen, what a response!

I’ve seen more cops show up at a neighborhood block party on a Saturday night.

Many thousands of American shoppers and partyers cross back and forth at the San Ysidro/Tijuana crossing on a typical weekend, *on their own dime*.

This is way beyond ludicrous.

Bush, you suck!

speed647 on June 5, 2006 at 3:12 PM

“We cannot let the fear of losing jobs, of educating illegal immigrants, and healthcare costs be major reasons for promulgating laws that violate our Christian heritage.”

That’s funny, I’m sort of afraid of being vaporized, being as I’m in a major industrial center (Houston) that’s located a relatively short distance from the Rio Grande. What does Jesus say about dying in a holocaust?

Mark V. on June 5, 2006 at 3:56 PM

Which conservtive economists?
I have read a few, namely Thomas Sowell, and the ones I read are against the illegal aliens amnesty program. As Mr. Sowell as stated several times, their are no jobs americans won’t do. Kick the illegals out and offer the jobs at a wage that is at least the same as the federaly mandated wages and Americans will take them. If no one is willing to work for the wages then increase them. The market will correct itself.

Wyrd on June 5, 2006 at 4:18 PM

Another conserative economist who knows what he is talking about is Walter Williams.

birdman on June 5, 2006 at 6:20 PM

I should clarify that. I mean “libertarian economists” more than I mean conservative economists; Guys like Bryan Caplan:

Read his argument and then read the rebutting comments. These people are desparate to justify immigration any way they can.

Besides economists, we also have the likes of Manhattan Institute’s Tamar Jacoby. Uggg.

tommy1 on June 5, 2006 at 7:31 PM