BUT DENIES MOVE IS IN RESPONSE TO THE ARIZONA IMMIGRATION BILL
by Sharon Rondeau
(May 26, 2010) — Obama regime officials have announced plans to send 1,200 troops to the border between the U.S. and Mexico after determining that it will sue Arizona over its new illegal immigration bill passed last month.
While the White House denied that the plan is a response to the new Arizona law aimed at identifying and deporting illegal immigrations, a news report from the UK states that Obama is simultaneously attempting to “rally opposition to a tough new immigration law in Arizona that has caused tension in U.S. relations with Mexico, without seeming soft on illegal border crossings.”
The troops will serve the purpose of a “bridge to longer-term enhancements” and drug enforcement and intelligence efforts. It is Mexico’s hope that the troops will not enforce immigration laws, and according to the AP, “the plan at this point doesn’t call for the ability to round up suspected illegal immigrants and smugglers.”
The announcement was made after Republican Senators on Tuesday reportedly threatened to hold a vote on dispatching the troops.
Arizona Senator John McCain had requested 6,000 National Guardsmen and said that the 1,200 troops and $500,000,000 which Obama will ask for to pay for them were “simply not enough.” Arizona Democrat Rep. Gabrielle Giffords has stated that the border is more violent than when President Bush deployed National Guard troops there in 2006.
According to ABC News, the decision to deploy the troops was made “after months of an interagency review process.” The same report states that there are currently about 340 troops stationed on the border now.
The Political Insider editorialized that “Immigration reform appears to have the same political dynamics as a tax cut” because two senators sought to cosponsor an amendment to a bill which would pay for the 6,000 National Guardsmen which McCain and others supported.