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Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Brewer V Obama



Talk about a visual. The sign says "Travel not recommended". That's the border that the Obama administration says it's done more than any administration to secure. It's so secure that parts are a literal war zone.

Yet, the president is determined to sue Arizona because that state dares to take on illegal immigration head on. This is a loser politically, electorally, and on a policy level. Governor Brewer has become the face of tough immigration enforcement and she challenges every half measure that the Obama administration makes as simply not good enough.

The Texas and Arizona governors criticized the Obama administration's border security plans Monday, saying not enough National Guard troops are being deployed to their states.

"What we heard wasn't anything what we hoped to hear," Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer told reporters after a 90-minute briefing by federal officials sent by President Obama.

Texas Gov. Rick Perry, a Republican like Brewer, said the deployment to his state was "insufficient to meet the needs of securing the Texas-Mexico border."

There's no politicking that will relieve Obama here. Until and unless Obama takes definitive steps to secure the border Jan Brewer will be there to point out just how badly the federal government is failing at it.

That will also keep this issue on the front pages. This might be the biggest loser for Obama of all his policy losers. He loses by at least 60-40 in all polling. He loses because he's wrong. Texas, California, and Arizona are under seige and the president is trying to figure out how to use this as an opportunity to legalize millions of illegals. That's the narrative and the more he confronts Brewer the more that's crystallized.

2 comments:

AG said...

What exactly is being argued here? You have recently published allegations that the President is dragging his feet on securing the border in order to win support for a comprehensive immigration reform plan. But even that argument concedes that Obama is willing to take steps to secure the border if the Republicans support his agenda.

Path to legalization. Amnesty. Whatever you want to call it, the crux of the argument is that the reason we're experiencing so much illegal immigration is because of the shortage of legal immigration. The fact that we have as many people in this country who are not here legally and the planet hasn't exploded heavily implies we can support more legal immigration.

Granted, it probably isn't prudent to increase legal immigration without decreasing illegal immigration, but once again you've already admitted you don't think Obama wants to do that.

What the President is trying to do is cater to people who are opposed to illegal immigration. What Jan Brewer is trying to do is cater to people who are opposed to both legal and illegal immigration.

mike volpe said...

Wow. Are you seriously making this argument? First, who cares if he's willing. He's actually done nothing but declare certain parts of Az a war zone. He maybe willing but he's doing nothing.

The reason we have so many illegal immigrants is because we do nothing to stop them from coming in. Border security is the key and that's what the public wants.