Obama is sending 1,200 troops to the US-Mexico border in order to stop border violence, drug trafficking, weapons smuggling, yada yada yada. Oh, and I guess illegalz too, since it’s all the same shit.
White House statement via MSNBC:
Additional Support for Strategic and Integrated Southwest Border Security:
As part of his comprehensive plan to secure the Southwest border, President Obama will request $500 million in supplemental funds for enhanced border protection and law enforcement activities. The President will also deploy up to an additional, requirements-based 1,200 National Guard troops to the border to provide intelligence; surveillance and reconnaissance support; intelligence analysis; immediate support to counternarcotics enforcement; and training capacity until Customs and Border Patrol can recruit and train additional officers and agents to serve on the border. Funds will be utilized to enhance technology at the border, share information and support with State, Local, and Tribal law enforcement, and increase DoJ and DHS presence and law enforcement activities at the border, to include increased agents, investigators, and prosecutors, as part of a multi-layered effort to target illicit networks trafficking in people, drugs, illegal weapons, and money. Deploying additional Guard as part of the President’s strategic and integrated approach will provide immediate enhancement to the unprecedented* and ongoing border protection and security efforts that over the last 16 months have increased pressure on illegal trafficking organizations through record seizures of illegal weapons and bulk cash transiting from the United States to Mexico, resulted in significant seizures of illegal drugs headed into the United States, reduced illegal immigration into the United States, and lower average violent crime statistics in states along the Southwest Border. It will also help build on and complement the strong security partnership with Mexico on display during last week’s State Visit. We will also continue to work with Congress to fix our broken immigration system through comprehensive reform, which would provide lasting and dedicated resources by which to secure our borders and make our communities safer.
War on drugs, immigration reform: same difference. Because everyone knows that undocumented immigrants—especially Mexicans—are violent drug traffickers, right?
*Unprecedented? It’s already been done by Dubya, only with more troops. Didn’t work. Go figure.