Obama authorizes militarization of the border

US-Mexico border fence

US-Mexico border fence

The Arizona Republic is reporting (excerpt below) that Obama has authorized 524 troops to be sent to the Arizona border at a cost of over $600 million.

This is despite the data that shows border area violence has not increased in the last decade, and the fact that the majority of immigrants into this country enter legally with a visa, despite the xenophobic lies that AZ Governor Brewer is spreading.

It is still unclear what the troops will be doing to stop the legal flow of traffic, and militarization with armed troops can only lead to one thing and that will be the unfortunate loss of life.

On a good note, does this mean that JT Ready’s crew of neo-Nazis are no longer needed to play pretend being a real soldier? Actually, they weren’t needed in the first place!

524 Guard troops being sent to Ariz. border by late Aug.

by Ginger Rough and Kevin Kiley – Jun. 28, 2010 01:47 PM
The Arizona Republic

The federal government will deploy 524 National Guard troops to the Arizona-Mexico border by late August, according to representatives from President Barack Obama’s administration.

The delegation met Monday morning with Democratic Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and Attorney General Terry Goddard in Tucson. During those meetings, the federal representatives also pledged $600 million in emergency funding to help with border-security issues.

Other details about the troop deployment were not immediately available, including what their mission would be and how long they would be on the ground.

In a news conference after the briefing, both Goddard and Giffords said they were pleased with the update and that additional federal support is on its way. But, they acknowledged that more can still be done.

“It’s a first step,” said Goddard, who is the state’s presumptive Democratic nominee for governor. “We’re a lot better than we were before, and this is not a definitive plan for the border.”


(Article continued below)

The federal delegation is now en route to meet with Gov. Jan Brewer at her offices. That meeting is scheduled for 2 p.m. The delegation is headed by John Brennan, deputy national security adviser for homeland security and counterterrorism and also includes representatives from the Department of Justice and other agencies.

Monday’s face-to-face conversations are an offshoot of a meeting Brewer had with Obama last month in the Oval Office.

That session, which both parties described as “cordial,” covered a range of immigration-related issues, including Senate Bill 1070, Arizona’s tough new immigration law, and Brewer’s dissatisfaction with the federal government’s border-security efforts.

The president has previously said that he plans to send 1,200 National Guard troops to the U.S./Mexico border; in addition he has requested $600 million from Congress to pay for 1,000 more border patrol agents, 160 federal immigration officers and unmanned surveillance aircraft known as drones.

During their June 3 meeting, Brewer asked for specifics on how many those troops might be coming to Arizona and what other assistance would be directed toward the state.

Her office has said that they hoped Monday’s meetings would shed light on those topics.

In addition, it is anticipated that SB 1070 will be a big topic of discussion. The U.S. Department of Justice is reportedly preparing a lawsuit against Arizona over the newly passed law, which is slated to go into effect July 29.

The Governor’s Office said it still has not received confirmation that a suit is forthcoming, but Secretary of State Hilary Clinton has previously stated in television interviews that it is being prepared at the direction of the White House.

The president has repeatedly criticized the Arizona measure, saying it has the potential to be used in a discriminatory fashion.

SB 1070 makes it a state crime to be in the country illegally. It states that an officer engaged in a lawful stop, detention or arrest shall, when practicable, ask about a person’s legal status when reasonable suspicion exists that that person is not legally in the U.S.

Giffords said during Monday’s news conference that she asked about the status of the federal suit, but was told that Justice Officials were not at liberty to discuss it.

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26 comments on “Obama authorizes militarization of the border
  1. Hola Tres Amigos: How about cutting poor Ferrari Bubba some slack? I set a poster on Rynski’s Date Line straight when he said the your peaceful Aztec  brothers used the heads of slain captives for their games. Theck it out, mi hermano.
    To show my solidarity with the movement, I’m carrying my honorary Chicano I.D. card now, and went down to Pep Boys and bought 4 spinner hubcaps for my Ferrari, which I lowered 6″ all the way around.
    Viva la Raza! tu hermano, Ferrari Bubba (aka: Rudy)

      • Hola mi amigos: There you go, putting words in my mouth again. I never said that all latinos were Aztecs.
        But After spending a tad over 2 years in Germany on the late 1950’s, and talking with the people, I discovered that the majority of Germans were in favor of the 3rd Reich at one time or other in the short 12 years of it’s existence.
        Heck, even a German kid named Ratsenberger was a uniformed member of the all-volunteer Hitlerjugened, brown shorts, swastika armband, and all, helping the SS herd the untermench Juden into the boxcars to be taken to the extermination camps in the East.
        And he grew up to become Pope of the Holy Roman Church. How about that!
        Yer amigo, Ferrari Bubba

          • It’s called sending the National Guard to help secure the border. Militarization? That’s just sensational reporting.

          • It’s a popular term and I’m not the only one to use it. Especially when there are thousands more troops coming in the future.
            I would argue that sending military troops is more of a militarization than Obama’s actions are communist, or immigrants are terrorists, but that doesn’t stop popular media from using that term.

  2. the fact that the majority of immigrants into this country enter legally with a visa

    Yes, you are right, Three Sonorans, that is a fact.  It’s also a fact that lots of people are entering this country illegally. 

    It is still unclear what the troops will be doing to stop the legal flow of traffic

    Nothing.  Why would anyone want to stop the “legal flow of traffic?”

    militarization with armed troops can only lead to one thing and that will be the unfortunate loss of life.

    1. Putting less than 600 troops on the Arizona border—which stretches from New Mexico to California—hardly counts as “militarizing” it.  (Unless you’re demagoguing the situation, that is).
    2. Actually, putting troops in the field can do much more than result in the “unfortunate loss of life.”   Those troops can (and hopefully will) be used to free up Border Patrol to cover the border areas more fully.  They can also provide extra sets of eyes, and vector the Border Patrol in to groups of people illegally crossing the border.  

    Something tells me you knew all that already.   

  3. Militarize it with 50,000 more troops and tell Obama that he can start by sending the millions of illegals back home. I am tired of them. He only wants them so they will vote for the democrats. I fear for this country.

    • He only wants them so they will vote for the democrats. I fear for this country.

      It’s been said before, fraser.  Read it and weep:

      “while our present-day party Christians debase themselves to begging for Jewish votes at elections and later try to arrange political swindles with atheistic Jewish parties– and this against their own nation”.
      -Adolf Hitler (Mein Kampf)

  4. We must demand that Obama end all militarization of the border, because as soon as you give in to these people, they want more and more.  This white supremacist movement is destroying our state, and we cannot allow them to build another Berlin wall.  We have to end this insanity.

  5. Freedom Summer, mind if I ask a few clarifying questions? Thanks…

    “as soon as you give in to these people, they want more and more”

    Mind clarifying what you mean by that? Specifically, what kind of “more and more” do you think “these people” will “want?” Will they demand US troops on Arizona’s border with Utah? (Dang Mormons!) You don’t think we’ll try to secure our border with Nevada, do you? Las Vegas is over there!

    “we cannot allow them to build another Berlin wall”

    Ummmmm…the Berlin Wall was designed to keep people in the country.  Are there crowds of Arizona crossing the border fences and heading south? (Puerto Penasco doesn’t count).

  6. We cannot give in to this racist movement that is working towards militarization of the border and towards building a new Berlin Wall.  Arizona has been isolated by the rest of the world, and the worldwide boycott on Arizona will cripple us.  Everyone in this state, including conservatives and Republicans, must reject Neo-Nazis such as Russell Pearce and J.T. Ready, and bring reason and sanity back to our state.

    • I may regret this…but hey… no guts, no glory—right?

      Freedom Summer, care to enlighten us on what you consider to be “reason and sanity?”

  7. Hey Freedom: What border? So far it’s been looking like those spikes in a parking lot that flatten your tires. Your tires get flattened going South.
    To cross into Mexico a U.S. citizen needs a $175 Dollar passport to get back into the U.S.
    To cross into the U.S. from Mexico. a Mexican citizen needs a good pair of haraches, a jug of agua, and a little luck.
    Yer pal, Ferrari Bubba

  8. It means having a real discussion about immigration and U.S. foreign policy, as well as talking about the U.S.’ insatiable demand for drugs and what legalization would do, instead of just demonizing and terrorizing hard-working people for political gain.

    • Those are all good points you make…but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t be able to enforce our borders.

      There’s been a long, passionate discussion about immigration and US foreign policy—where have you been?  You may not like the results of the discussion…but that doesn’t mean it didn’t take place.  

      One result of that discussion:  a majority of Americans and Arizonans want the border secured. And they don’t like being called racist for feeling that way.

      If you carelessly demagogue people, don’t be surprise if you turn more hearts and minds against you than toward you.

      In some respects, Freedom Summer, you’re Sherrif Joe’s best friend. 

  9. Nah, I think I’ll just write wherever I please. Iz that okays, massa?  Pleeze don whip mee.   Thanks you, massa!
    Anyway, the facts show that the border is as secure as it ever has been.  It is only Fox News and friends that feed the hysteria about murderers, killers, zombies, etc.  And the forces at work behind these laws are legitimate Neo-Nazis and white supremacists, which is why the rest of the world has isolated Arizona.  It is up to everyone, conservatives and Republicans included, to isolate people like Arpaio and Russell Pearce, and not allow them to destroy our state, any more.

  10. Hey folks. This is not necessarily related but interesting nontheless.

    The Arizona Daily Star has not (or will not) reported the assination of the leading canditate for governor of one of the states of Mexico. Others were killed with him. Other news services have reported it was the work of the Cartels.
    Are we that far away that we cant hear about this. I was at the news website for a small town in Pennsylvania and it turned up. SO where is our news, too close to home. As of 10 minutes ago the Star has not reported it. National News on TV has.??????????

  11. Hey 007: AzStarNet has it this morning. I’m suprised that they’re not quoting POTUS Obama as saying Bush is to blame for this too. <g>
    Yer pal, Ferrari Bubba

  12. Iz that okays, massa?  Pleeze don whip mee.   Thanks you, massa!

    As I said….you’re Sherrif Joe’s best friend.  Please keep feeding us your cheap martrydom.

    It is only Fox News and friends that feed the hysteria about murderers, killers, zombies, etc.

    …”zombies?”

    which is why the rest of the world has isolated Arizona.  It is up to everyone, conservatives and Republicans included, to isolate people like Arpaio and Russell Pearce, and not allow them to destroy our state, any more.

    You’ve used all these phrases before.  Can’t your handlers give you some fresh material?

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