Readers debate Obama's decision to deploy National Guard troops to Mexican border
While we're all anxiously waiting to see if that so-called "top kill" can halt the disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, our Readers Who Comment have filed more than 700 remarks on President Obama's decision to deploy 1,200 National Guard troops along the Mexican border to combat illegal immigration.
While many readers applaud the decision, almost all agree it will not be enough to solve the problem and many see it as simply a political response in a noisy debate Arizona reignited with its law giving local police broad authority to stop and request documents from anyone they reasonably suspect is an illegal immigrant.
Readers say it's about time Obama did something, but his actions do not go far enough. They point to the cross-border trafficking of guns and drugs that exacerbates the situation, they call for technological fixes and at least one suggested sowing the border with land mines.
As Michael D. Shear and Spencer S. Hsu write, "the troop deployment was fueled by heightened concerns about lawlessness -- then it was illegal immigration, now it is drug traffickers -- as well as political maneuvering in Washington to lay the groundwork for an effort to change immigration policy."
We'll start with JohnRice, who wrote, "This is a small step in the right direction, but much more action is required immediately. Bush, Obama...just opposite sides of the political coin. The American people have had it with pandering to illegal immigration."
liam358 said, "What a crock -- a token gesture only, to be followed by a push for amnesty."
avi1956 wrote, "One more reason not to vote for Obama. he is pandering to the right and has forgoton his base!"
While markandbeth92 said, "This is the only thing Obama has done that I agree with. Now he needs to up that number to 20,000... all armed and they must have the authority to stop ALL illegal border crossing, drug, or no drugs. Way to go Arizona."
madmike272 wrote, "These national guardsmen are mostly intelligence and support people, not combat troops. This is merely posturing to the press."
GordonShumway said, "Obama is going to spend $500 million dollars to send only 1,200 National Guard troops to our southern border. For that he should want to send 5,000 troops and get his and our money's worth. Obama's token gesture sucks as a solution!"
But RealTexan1 replied, "I think it kind of depends upon what kind of military technology they're going to use. If it's just 1,200 'guards', that's not much of an impact. If it's 1,200 troops parcelled into high-tech teams, using drones, infra-red, sonar, cameras, etc..., then they can spot activity and reactively send a team out to deal with it. Might be enough. We will see."
veerle1 said, "Every employer caught employing illegal aliens should be fined $7500.00 per each offense. Plus jail time for all employees involved. The only sure way to discourage these "migrations" of illegals is to cut off the incentives for them to come here at all."
doughty suggested, "Why not just hire the Israelis (using free-market slave labor of course) to build a 'fence' from the Pacific Ocean to the Gulf of Mexico. They are already experts at such infrastructure projects with, for example, the lovely, elegant and American financed walls surrounding the Palestinian Ghettos inside the illegally occupied territories... Win, win, Shalom, Shalom!"
hunter340 wrote, "With one hand Obama sends more troops to keep them out and with the other he supports them when they get here. It's like watching a really bad magician perform that thinks he's slick."
tjohn1 said, "The best way to end border violence is to stop the flow of guns from U.S and end the Americans' dependence on drugs flowing into U.S. But our government is not doing any thing positive curbing drug addiction in this country other than crowding our jails with drug offenders with no rehabilitation... We are also addicted to military solutions all the time. God indeed help us!"
cduwel added, "And on and on and on and on and on the drug war goes. And on this issue Obama has no more sense than G.W. Bush. All of this death, destruction and waste is not to make sure people don't ruin their lives with recreational drugs - it's just to make sure people only ruin their lives with alcohol. How does that make any sense? Wise up America!"
JamesChristian wrote, "Yeah, yeah, he's sending troops. Likely a welcoming committee with hot food, water and a green card they can use at the polls in the Fall... Please. Obama is in bed with the Mexican government. Democrats-on-loan. Obama is a creep, the Democrats are creeps... We have GOT to get rid of these incompetents and miscreants."
atc333 said, "It is about time, not necessarily for those looking for work, who should be accommodated, but certainly for plugging up the porous border which now seems to be wide open for any terrorist group deciding to take the easy way in to the U.S... Arizona has done us a big favor by drawing the Nations attention to the serious consequences of continuing to ignore our border problems"
atc333 wrote, "Simple solution, change the law, no citizenship if you are an illegal alien... No citizenship if you were illegal, deported, and came back. No citizenship if you committed a crime. No citizenship for children born in the US of illegal aliens... Fine employers who violate the law by knowingly and deliberately hire illegals. It is not that hard to check with the current information bases available."
OldCoot1 suggested that "The only sensible thing to do to stop illegal emigration across our borders is to mine them with anti personal mines and deploy regular army and or marine troops with orders to shoot to kill. The cross border traffic would stop at once...If millions of people crossing our borders illegally is not an invasion I don't know what the word invasion means."
hunter340 wrote, "...Those who have jumped a fence into America in order to avoid our immigration checks are not immigrants. Rather, they are invading criminals, with no claim whatsoever to the welcome mat extended to legal immigrants.
Such people do not deserve recognition or sanction by the United States, and should be rounded up and deported as soon as possible, without exception."
We'll close with donmarder, who wrote, "This is a good first installment on securing the border, but by itself, it is inadequate and will not solve the problems. Also, it smacks of tokenism and political theater more than a realistic solution."
All comments on this article are here.
May 26, 2010; 10:00 AM ET
Categories: Illegal Immigrants , Immigration , Obama | Tags: Arizona, Drugs, Guns, Mexico, National Guard, Obama
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