Obama to deploy 1,200 National Guardsmen to the border

posted at 3:35 pm on May 25, 2010 by Allahpundit

Why does the president hate the “undocumented”?

The Obama administration plans to announce Tuesday that it will send as many as 1,200 National Guard troops to the U.S.-Mexico border to improve border security, an Arizona congresswoman said.

Democratic Rep. Gabrielle Giffords also said in a statement released Tuesday that President Barack Obama will request $500 million in funding for border security…

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer’s spokesman said the governor hadn’t been told of the move prior to her office being contacted by The Associated Press and had no immediate comment.

We’ve seen this movie before and it was dismal enough that I’m not real excited about the sequel. As with so many things, it’s a case of The One following Bush’s lead, making a show of border security in hopes of softening opposition to a comprehensive immigration bill in Congress. It almost certainly ain’t happening this year, but half a bil for enforcement at least gives purple-district House Dems a talking point ahead of November.

Like Exurban Jon, I’m amused that Giffords wants people to believe she was the catalyst for this. Surely the credit rightfully belongs to America’s most stalwart border enforcer: Maverick.

President Barack Obama made a rare visit to a Senate Republican lunch Tuesday – and Republicans, including John McCain, took direct aim at the White House on everything from health care to border security.

Inside the lunch meeting, Obama squared off with his old rival McCain over border security, sources said. Lindsey Graham said the exchange was at times “testy,” and sources described Obama’s conversation with McCain as rather direct.

McCain said he told Obama: “We need to secure the borders first. He didn’t agree.”

Well, he agrees enough to deploy a token force down there, albeit one that’s less than half the size requested by McCain and Jon Kyl. Baby steps, maybe?

Via Dave Weigel, here’s a sneak preview of what may well be this weekend’s presidential YouTube message. I just hope The One wears the colonial wig.


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If the powers-that-be would prefer that I go to the Sonoran Desert instead of the one five thousand miles to the East -that I mobilize for in three weeks- hey, that’s cool wit’ me.

But I would like to get off the bus the next time, shake the Governor’s hand, and walk away without knowing when my next deployment is due. Or, ferchrissakes, just activate us to full time, all the time.

Love me some chiles rellenos…

Doorgunner on May 26, 2010 at 11:11 AM

I really wonder if President Obama is sending the troops to the boarder to insure those that a leaving U.S for Mexico are documented U.S. citizens who are take off of the U.S. censuses and asked not to return, while allowing illegals to enter and giving them green cards without even checking their names against the No Fly/Selectee lists.

MSGTAS on May 26, 2010 at 11:30 AM

1,200 National Guard troops isn’t enough to make a safe tactical retreat.

And if they do their jobs well, they may very well be prosecuted.

molonlabe28 on May 26, 2010 at 11:56 AM

And if they do their jobs well, they may very well be prosecuted.

molonlabe28 on May 26, 2010 at 11:56 AM

Wouldn’t be the first time.

And if they post the 1200 all in Arizona, look out NM and TX. They’ll just go around the Guard. I think I’ll avoid Big Bend National Park for a while.

iurockhead on May 26, 2010 at 2:44 PM

Hummmmmmmmmm?

Obama sends 1200 troops Secure the U.S. Mexican border.
Obama sends 500 SEIU goons to terrorize 1 (Yes ONE) 14 year-old boy.

Why won’t Obama answerer any questions?

DSchoen on May 26, 2010 at 2:56 PM

Inanemergencydial on May 25, 2010 at 6:51 PM

That is Orwellian!

Al in St. Lou on May 26, 2010 at 3:21 PM

Just had the REAL Sheriff Joe Arpaio on KFYI am in Phoenix this morning explaining the HR1070 illegal alien bill in Arizona and these added National Guard troops. IF a suspected illegal alien STATES he is illegal, then they can arrest them and ship em to tent city. These troops are split up working 8 hour shifts, add those on days off, roughly one trooper every 2 miles covering a 1200 mile border. Our government inaction….err, in action.

Thanks for the hope and change Obowma.

dthorny on May 26, 2010 at 3:42 PM

Why won’t Obama answerer any questions?

DSchoen on May 26, 2010 at 2:56 PM

Like like Eagles song Hotel California, Obowma is “only programmed to receive”.

dthorny on May 26, 2010 at 3:45 PM

My question is: how big is the red carpet the troops will be rolling out, and will it pass through Arizona?

I have not heard Rush’s thoughts on this story yet, but my guess is he’ll call it another O’Bummer head fake.

Sweet_Thang on May 26, 2010 at 4:13 PM

Obummer should not worry one iota as to problems with the press during a briefing or press conference…..they give him a pass on everything and it is softball and a love fest. So, why the delays, why the worry. Go for it Odowner, afterwards with the press on your side your numbers will probably go up double digits.

highninside on May 26, 2010 at 6:16 PM

It is being reported that the 1200 troops will NOT be enforcing US immigration laws.
Mexico told obama not to do that.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20100526/pl_afp/usmexicoimmigrationmilitary_20100526195041

“US National Guard troops being sent to the Mexican border will be used to stem the flow of guns and drugs across the frontier and not to enforce US immigration laws, the State Department said Wednesday.

The clarification came after the Mexican government urged Washington not to use the additional troops to go after illegal immigrants”

4thQTR on May 26, 2010 at 10:09 PM

Have a look at these clips:
http://www.wsbtv.com/video/23438021/index.html

LarryG on May 27, 2010 at 12:15 AM

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