Trying to capitalize on the bump in the polls he received from the successful Bin Laden Navy Seal commando operation, President Obama went to the border in El Paso Texas yesterday and blasted Republicans for blocking what amounts to amnesty for illegal aliens.
It’s bad enough that Obama chose to politicize a sensitive issue in order to work up his Latino base. He also lied about his record on border security, maintaining that his administration had “gone above and beyond” what Republicans had demanded to protect the border.
Obama ridiculed those who say that he fallen far short of what is needed:
Maybe they’ll need a moat. Maybe they’ll want alligators in the moat.
You can let the alligators remain in the Everglades, Mr. President. But how about finishing the construction of an effective border fence across the entire U.S.-Mexican border that will help keep out the invaders from south of the border?
A February report by Congress‘ chief watchdog, the Government Accountability Office, found that just 44 percent of the 2,000-mile-long border is under operational control, and just 15 percent is totally controlled. That’s a national disgrace. If the Obama administration were serious about securing the border, it would push aggressively to construct high barrier electrocuted barb wired fencing across the entire border combined, where feasible, with electronic surveillance techniques and unmanned drones to help pinpoint for border agents the exact location of illegal border-crossers.
Moreover, we need more troops to help the border patrol do its job. On the “O’Reilly Factor” last night, Bill O’Reilly suggested adding 7000 more National Guard troops. I would go even further than O’Reilly. We should also deploy at least half of the troops returning from Afghanistan and Iraq to the border until it is fully secured.
It is outrageous that we have more than 100,000 troops still in Afghanistan helping to protect a corrupt, dysfunctional government from an indigenous insurgency (when there are reportedly no more than 100 or so active al Qaeda fighters still left in Afghanistan) and have no significant military presence at our own border to protect against the continuing invasion from Mexico. The invaders include not only human smugglers, members of the Mexican drug cartels and other hardened criminals. The border is also open to Islamist terrorists, such as Hezbollah recruits, trying to sneak into the United States.
The Obama administration is failing to fully enforce the federal immigration laws currently on the books. Instead of fighting Arizona in the courts for its efforts to simply help the federal government do its job and ridiculing its opponents to score cheap political points, the Obama administration should discharge the constitutional obligation of the federal government to protect the states “against Invasion.” (Article 4, Sec. 4)
Joseph Klein is the author of a recent book entitled Lethal Engagement: Barack Hussein Obama, the United Nations and Radical Islam.