Barack Obama Sending 1,200 Troops to Border, New York Times Reports
Obama: Troops aplenty, with immigration reform stalled
The New York Times has just reported that President Barack Obama will soon announce that he's sending 1,200 National Guard troops to the U.S.-Mexico border, in what looks like an obvious election year cave to the right.
"Homeland Security officials said that the troops would provide support to law enforcement officers already working along the border by helping observe and monitor traffic between official crossing points, and would help analyze trafficking patterns in hopes of intercepting illegal drug shipments," the Times piece states.
You can expect that the architect of this pandering to extremists is none other than former Arizona governor Janet Napolitano, who had National Guard troops deployed to the Arizona-Mexico border in 2006, as a sop to right-wing critics such as J.D. Hayworth and others.
Now, with the right still raging over the death of southern Arizona rancher Rob Krentz -- a murder state Senator Russell Pearce and other nativist politicians effectively exploited to pass SB 1070 -- Napolitano hops in again with the same tired tactic.
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