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Mexico has spoken – hop to it Mr. Obama

Yesterday I mentioned the deployment of 1,200 National Guard troops to our southern border and Mexico’s reaction to it – i.e. they hoped it was for controlling the (mythical) flow of guns across the border and controlling crime, but not to enforce immigration laws.

I said I just couldn’t wait to see our reply.  Well, unsurprisingly, it conforms with Mexico’s desire on the subject:

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.

President Barack Obama on Tuesday authorized the deployment of up to 1,200 additional troops to border areas but State Department spokesman Philip Crowley told reporters, “It’s not about immigration.”

He said the move was “fully consistent with our efforts to do our part to stem, you know, violence, to interdict the flow of dangerous people and dangerous goods — drugs, guns, people.”

This is absurd. It is malfeasance. It is again a blatant refusal to do what is necessary to secure the border, a task that is solely the responsibility of the Federal government. This is a token move to tamp down criticism. Pure politics and given in conformance with the desires of a foreign government who prefers to see our immigration laws ignored or unenforced.  And this all the while criticizing Arizona for trying to do the job the Obama administration refuses to do.

I see a number of pundits and commenters saying immigration is going to hurt the GOP at the ballot box. I’m not reading it that way at all. Americans have no problem with immigration per se. But as poll after poll tell us they have a huge problem with illegal immigration and want it stopped.

This is not going to sit well with that majority and it is not going to reflect well on either Obama or the Democrats.

~McQ

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7 Responses to Mexico has spoken – hop to it Mr. Obama

  • Ha! Good parody! Obama sends National Guard to stop guns going into Mexico, but not to do anything about illegal immigration! That’s sourced from The Onion, right?

    Wait. You mean it’s real? Oh, sh!+. Obama is that stupid and/or anti-American? Apparently so.

    Even Jimmy Carter never did anything this bad. I hereby take my “Highest ranking useful idiot” label away from Jimmy and award it to Obama.

    • “This has to be a joke” was my initial reaction as well.  Not only because it looks so bad (you get the impression that the Obama administration is acting as Calderon’s puppet) but because it looks so bad to his constituency.  Are we really afraid of standing up to Mexico?

      • “Are we really afraid of standing up to Mexico?”
        Look what happened LAST TIME!  Now we’re saddled with California!

  • So, we’re sending troops to the border and their guns will be pointed… IN????  In effect, our guys are going to be unpaid border guards for Mexico????

    McQThis is not going to sit well with that majority and it is not going to reflect well on either Obama or the Democrats.

    If it gets widely reported, you can bet your sweet Aunt Sally’s a** on that one!

  • State Department spokesman Philip Crowley told reporters, “It’s not about immigration.”
    Um…yeaaah, it is too about immigration.  Immigration of people, drugs, terrorist’s weapons… ex-migration (reportedly) of weapons.  BTW, that part just does not wash with me.  I get that some weapons are smuggled into Mexico, but the drugestas WILL buy weapons from wherever, and American civilians are NOT buying them fully-automatic firearms and shipping them to poor, put-upon Mexico.
    But this NG deal is CLASSIC Obama.  Small potatoes “commitment”, GREAT BIG TALK, and super PC rules for the people on the ground.  See?, now he has it fixed…!!!