Claude Cartaginese

Hillary's (Almost) Reversal on Border Security

Posted on May 21 2009 8:16 am
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Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, who has repeatedly voted against measures designed to stem the flow of illegal immigration, has suddenly decided that the border has become too porous and must be made more secure. For those of you nodding in agreement, relieved that she is finally coming to her senses, please note that the border she is referring to is our border with Canada.

“Obviously, we’re proud of the long, peaceful border that we share with Canada, but I think it is fair to say that since 9-11 we have been working with our friends in Canada to try to harden that border, to try to provide both more personnel and technology,” she said. Whom is the administration targeting? Could it be that Canadian medical patients coming to the U.S. for treatment that they can’t buy in their own country have been deemed a threat to our national security?

Clinton’s border-hardening measure has the complete support of Department of Homeland Security (DHS) head Janet Napolitano, whose record on protecting America’s southern border is a veritable abomination. Napolitano, who supported the 2007 Senate Bill which would have granted amnesty to illegal immigrants, can’t even bring herself to use the word “terrorism,” preferring instead the more antiseptic phrase, “man-caused disasters.” And, in a major foreign-policy blunder last month, Napolitano actually suggested that several of the 9-11 terrorists entered the U.S. via Canada, a baseless claim for which she was later forced to apologize.

Mrs. Clinton, for her part, has turned up the rhetoric. “Unfortunately given the security environment that we have to deal with today, we have been focused on making sure that our northern border was as secure as possible.”

Yes, we’re in agreement, Madam Secretary. Let’s finally secure and “harden” our borders. All of our borders.

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