As anti-immigration sentiment rises, President Obama has announced that he
will send 1,200 National Guard troops
to the Mexican border.
He has also requested an additional $500 million from Congress for
border security. But he's not convincing many pundits, who are joined in the
right and left in opposition to this plan. Conservatives say it's not
enough guards, liberals say that guarding the border is the wrong way to
- Won't Pave Way For
Immigration Reform Politico's Ben Smith sighs, "President
George W. Bush sent 6,000 National Guard troops to the border when a
similar mood struck in 2006, though they weren't enough then to do what
the White House hopes they'll do now: Lay the groundwork for an overhaul
of immigration law."
- Pure Politics Conservative blogger Allahpundit rolls his eyes.
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."
- Fake Solution
to Made-Up Problem Liberal blogger Dara Lind writes, "If Arizonans
are whipping themselves into a frenzy despite a reality that doesn't
justify the hysteria, is there any indication that sending real knights
to slay imaginary dragons will make them feel any safer?... I know it's
naive to expect that public officials will actually do something to
educate the public when the public is wrong, but this seems like a
dereliction of duty to me."
- Indulging 'Paranoid, Wingnut
Crap' Liberal blogger Digby calls the
basis of the move "paranoid, wingnut crap that has no bearing on
reality." She adds, " But hey, ratcheting up xenophobia is so good for
everyone right now, why not just pretend there's a huge problem that
doesn't really exist? We don't have enough real ones apparently. After
all, there are some Democrats who apparently think they need to show how
much they hate Mexicans in order to win, so it's all good."
Tough Theatre' Conservative blogger Michelle Malkin fumes, "I
called out the Bush administration and Republicans countless times when
they used border security as a campaign ploy and performed Get Tough
Theater only to flake out on systemic immigration enforcement reform --
and then drop the shamnesty shoe. This is no different. Both political
parties in Washington reek on the issue."
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