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Thursday, March 12, 2009

Mexican Drug Cartel Violence Prompting Obama to Possibly Deploy National Guard to Border

Obama Considering Deploying Troops to U.S.-Mexico Border
President Obama tells regional reporters it is "unacceptable if you've got drug gangs crossing our borders and killing U.S. citizens." Thursday, March 12, 2009

President Obama says he's considering whether to deploy National Guard troops to the U.S.-Mexico border, after Texas Gov. Rick Perry made an urgent call fort 1,000 more "boots on the ground" to deal with the growing violence. 

The president weighed the option during a meeting with regional reporters Wednesday afternoon. 

"We're going to examine whether and if National Guard deployments would make sense and under what circumstances they would make sense," Obama said, according to an account by McClatchy Newspapers. "I don't have a particular tipping point in mind. ... I think it's unacceptable if you've got drug gangs crossing our borders and killing U.S. citizens."

More than 1,000 people have been killed in Mexico in drug-related violence this year, and officials warn the violence is spilling into some U.S. cities, such as Atlanta, Phoenix and Birmingham, Ala.

Lawmakers have held a series of hearings on the violence on Capitol Hill in recent days, with one House panel holding a hearing Thursday on what the Homeland Security Department can do to secure the Southwest border and prevent Mexican drug cartel violence from spreading.

The top Republican on the House of Representatives' appropriations committee criticized the Defense Department on Tuesday for not making the situation in Mexico as big a priority as Afghanistan. 

Rep. Jerry Lewis, a Republican, said the situation in Mexico is far more important than Afghanistan at this point. "We need to raise this to a higher level," Lewis told The Associated Press. 

Perry said late last month that he was asking the Department of Homeland Security for extra resources and troops. 

"As along as they are boots on the ground that are properly trained to deal with the border region, I don't care whether they are military troops, or National Guard troops or whether they are customs agents," he said. 

Obama suggested to regional reporters Wednesday that he's taking a cautious approach. 

"We've got a very big border with Mexico," he said. "I'm not interested in militarizing the border."


My Thoughts

This is a "war" that has been going on since the 1969 and the Nixon administration. We've been losing the war for a long time. The government seems to have all but given up on it.

One of the main reasons that we are losing is because of the illegal immigrant problem and sanctuary cities. Now, most of those that cross the border are just people that want a better life, but many are not. Drug mules or gang members come here to prey on Americans.

That is why it is so important to get control of the illegal alien problem. It's not that we want to keep all immigrants out, but we need to make sure that we are letting ones in that will benefit American society instead of hindering its progress.

If he actually goes through with the deployment, it could be an important step in getting our borders under control. However, the Democrats including Obama favor amnesty for illegal aliens. So, I doubt that they would be used for that purpose. Although, it would be better than nothing.

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