Gov. Perry right to send National Guard to border
Published: Thursday, July 31st, 2014
Somebody had to do something about the sudden influx of illegal immigrant children across the southern border of the United States. That somebody is Republican Texas Gov. Rick Perry, a former presidential candidate. Now he is being criticized by the likes of the New York Times saying the 1,000 Texas National Guard troops to be sent to the border between the Lone Star State and Mexico would lack both training and federal oversight.
Rubbish. Perry knows what he is doing, unlike the president and his close trusted advisors who live in a bubble. The president had a golden opportunity to see for himself what was going on with these thousands of young immigrant children from Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador and Mexico flowing over our porous southern border. He was on another of his fund-raising missions to Texas recently when he found himself a few hundred miles from the border chaos. He chose instead to shoot an evening of pool.
If this wasn’t the president’s standard method of modus operandi it would be almost unbelievable. He has chosen to ignore or put his head in the sand over world events happening in Israel and the Gaza and Russia and Ukraine. His administration is still imbedded in domestic scandals dealing with the delayed and poor care of Veterans Administration patients and the Internal Revenue Service lost emails and alleged misuse of its power by certain officials like Lois Lerner.
The Texas governor acted boldly and out of desperation in ordering his state’s National Guard to help solve the border crisis. Perry knew that by ordering this deployment himself rather than going through Washington, D.C., he has the power to order the troops to make arrests and apprehensions, something National Guard soldiers in past border deployments have been prohibited from doing. Some may disagree with this action because it could have unintended consequences. At least Perry did something, which is in contrast to our commander-in-chief who merely sought to throw more money at the existing problem rather than secure our border and stem the tide of illegal immigrant children.
Most Americans, with the exception of Rep. Nancy Pelosi, (D-CA), realize that our country simply cannot take in all of the people of the world who are desperate to flee their current squalid and unsafe conditions in Third World Countries. Well-meaning parents pay guides hundreds and thousands of dollars to transport their children on perilous journeys across Mexico to the U.S. border where they are dropped off to fend for themselves.
By law, our border agents apprehend these children and bring them before judges who set their hearing dates. The only trouble is that almost all of these people disappear somewhere in our country and never show up for their court-appointed hearing dates. They become part of the millions of undocumented illegals living and working in the United States of America.
The president and his administration appears unwilling and unable to deal with this terrible situation on our southern border with Mexico. He has held belated talks with Central American presidents who blame the United States for this problem. The president continues to talk about our problems without offering any viable solutions, like securing our border first before discussing immigration reform.
Those, like Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV), who continue to insist that our border is secure are living in a world of their own. Thanks goodness there are strong governors like Rick Perry of Texas who is taking the bull by the horns.
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