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Audacity, thy name is Mexico

When it comes to illegal immigration, I continue to wonder who is in charge of our policy.

Yesterday, under increased pressure to enforce the federal immigration laws of the United States, President Obama ordered 1,200 National Guard troops to the border.

Then, as now, 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. But the issue remains bitterly contentious, with increasing pressure on Obama and lawmakers from both Latino supporters and conservative activists

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Of course, this comes after giving Mexico’s hypocrite-in-chief, Filepe Calderon, a platform to defame and denigrate Arizona’s effort to stop the flood of predominantly Mexican illegals from pouring over the border.

In the wake of Obama’s decision concerning the deployment of the troops (which I’m sure, given Obama’s earlier joint comments on the subject, came as a surprise to Calderon), the Mexican Embassy in Washington DC issued a statement which said, in part:

Regarding the Administration’s decision to send 1,200 National Guard servicemen to the US Southern border, the Government of Mexico trusts that this decision will help to channel additional US resources to enhance efforts to prevent the illegal flows of weapons and bulk cash into Mexico, which provide organized crime with its firepower and its ability to corrupt.

Additionally, the Government of Mexico expects that National Guard personnel will strengthen US operations in the fight against transnational organized crime that operates on both sides of our common border and that it will not, in accordance to its legal obligations, conduct activities directly linked to the enforcement of immigration laws.

Because, you know, if it is aimed a the enforcement of immigration laws, and you are successful in securing the border and enforcing your laws, Mexico might actually have to do something to address the problems that see our citizens seeking work in another country.

Can’t wait to hear our reply, can you?

~McQ

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12 Responses to Audacity, thy name is Mexico

  • “Can’t wait to hear our reply, can you?”

    >>>> Would “shut up and mow my lawn” be an inappropriate response?

  • Well, I’m just glad that well-trained, totally non-racist National Guard troops (from… where?) will be taking over from those nasty raaaaaaacist AZ police officers.  As we all know, troops are ALWAYS better at policing than police officers.  AND they are totally NOT raaaaaaacist.

    / sarc

    This is proof of two things:

    1.  Despite the continuing democrat propaganda aimed at AZ, Imeme realizes that he’s losing the PR battle.  Big time

    2.  Imeme is getting ready for another push on “comprehensive immigration reform” (aka the “Creating Millions of New Democrat Voters Act of 2010″)

    Bush tried the same sort of foolishness: make some weak, transparently phony efforts at border control to establish his creds as a tough guy who was serious – SERIOUS, I say! – about stopping the flow of illegals, then pitch amnesty.  “See!  I won’t let any more in!  I’m tough!  Why, I’ve even sent troops!  You can see how tough I am!  But - gosh darnit! – we’ve just got all these other folks here, and they’ve got roots down.  Yessir, they are all hard-working, God-fearing people with families.  Lovable little ninos, you know?  It’d be just plain mean to round them up and send them back to Mexico.  Expensive, too.  So, I’ll promise (cross my heart!) to enforce the border from now on if you’ll agree to let these good folks get on a path to becoming American citizens.”

    Bah.

    As for Calderon, I am about as concerned about what HE wants as I am about what Chavez, Mugabe, Jennifer Granholm, or any other leader of a third-world sh*thole wants.

  • Legal Obligations?  Doesn’t the Mexican government have some of those to fulfill at home?

  • the Government of Mexico trusts that this decision will help to channel additional US resources to enhance efforts to prevent the illegal flows of weapons and bulk cash into Mexico, which provide organized crime with its firepower and its ability to corrupt.

    And, on cue, Felipe trots out this dis-proven canard in a vain attempt to blame someone else for his country’s problems.  I guess the era of the brave gaucho south-of-the-border is really over.

    • Well, he’s messing with one of the best blame-shifters I’ve ever seen in politics, so Calderone better bring his “A” game.

  • So does this mean that our new border guards can defend themselves? I mean, if there’s one thing militaries are good at (especially American ones), it’s shootin’ things.

  • I would assume that a border secure enough to stop people would be secure enough to stop people carrying drugs, money, or weapons.

    • In Calderon’s world that may not connect.  The idea that you actually have to be able to stop people from moving in order to stop the drugs, money and weapons may not have occurred to him.  At least, that is what I have to conclude based on his rhetoric.

      • No, no…  For Calderon, this is all about maintaining the remittances that illegal workers send back, keeping his economy afloat, and keeping a major fraction of his population OUT of the country and away from forcing reforms in the culture and economy of Mexico.

  • As Hugh Hewitt pointed out, 1200 guardsmen, working 8 hour shifts, is 400 people under OPTIMAL circumstances.  That ain’t spit.
    Somewhat off-topic, but I thought you guys might enjoy this on how the Deemocrat police chiefs are playing the fear card in response to the Arizona-style laws.

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