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Barack’s Border War with America – American Thinker – July 7, 2010

Originally posted at American Thinker blog

America is fast becoming the bastion of diversity.  We are a nation that celebrates the cultural kaleidoscope and broad spectrum of ethnicity that makes America great.

Take for example our Mexican neighbors.  Now that’s one fiery crew, so full of life, so zesty and determined. This particular group addresses issues in a way that is alien to American mores, but if integrated could benefit the overall fabric of the nation.  Truth is, drug and human traffickers, as well as illegal immigrants, exemplify the positive characteristic of unwavering determination.

If viewed in context, logic dictates that being courageous enough to illegally enter the U.S. exhibits a unique quality of purpose.  Understood in its complexity, crossing the border or fighting to escape poverty with an AK-47 and a machete could be a laudable characteristic if it means obtaining a better life for yourself and your family.

Recently, in an attempt to do the work “Americans won’t do,” job-seekers on the border of Arizona grappled for the chance “on one of the roads” that used to be a “relatively tranquil pocket of northern Mexico.” Activity there has been misconstrued as “a hotbed of drug-fueled violence on Arizona’s doorstep” when, in fact, it may merely be a creative attempt at accessing employment.

Regardless, the confrontation “between rival gangs competing for drug and immigration routes into the U.S.” is fueling Border State concern. Confusion comes into play when those in despair willingly take a desperate quest for work to another level.

Nogales… which shares a border with the Arizona city of the same name, has had 131 murders so far this year, nearly surpassing 135 for all of 2009…That includes two heads found … stuffed side by side between the bars of a cemetery fence.

The carnage… pales compared to other Mexican border cities, most notably Ciudad Juarez… across from El Paso, Texas, which had 2,600 murders last year.

While some define beheading as gruesome butchery, understanding is called for because hostility usually indicates lost hope and desire to break free of poverty.

Who can blame these people?  Sneaking over the border in some circles is considered a crime, as is holding up people at gunpoint, kidnapping or even murder. Yet, in essence, brutality could be a positive means to an end.  In fact, if anything, border circumstances have been made worse recently not by gangs, but by Arizona law.  The Grand Canyon State may very well be culpable for injecting desperation into an already tense situation by attempting to enforce the law.

Many Americans, especially in Arizona, refuse to consider the circumstances involved in a recent “shootout that left 21 people dead and six wounded on a road just a small distance south of Mexico.”  Eager to exercise racial legislation Arizona would be hard pressed to acknowledge that those involved likely were just attempting to assist the destitute in making a better life.

We must remember:  history tells us desperate people do desperate things.

Barack Obama’s refusal to acquiesce to Arizona’s “misguided legislation” is one gutsy move.  The president’s commitment to “fairness” could successfully quell the shooting, kidnapping, murder and beheading presently taking place on the southern border.

It may take Obama’s empathetic willingness to relinquish American sovereignty and the rule of law to turn the tide.  The President can then judge the success of immigration reform not by the cessation of fighting on the border, but rather by the detrimental effect Obama’s purposeful addition of unbridled lawlessness imposes on America.

Barry and Brewer’s Border Brouhaha – American Thinker – May 23, 2010

Originally posted at American Thinker Blog

Governor Jan Brewer has requested President Obama help secure the border with Mexico by reassigning National Guard helicopters from other states and training missions to Arizona.

Governor Brewer’s Border Security Plan calls for additional covert National Guard reconnaissance, increased National Guard aerial patrolling, annual National Guard military exercises conducted in regions along the border, increased economic and logistical support for local law enforcement, and improved border county interaction and federal agency partnership.  The Governor’s plan also calls for substantial expansion of the Joint Counter Narco-Terrorism Task Force (JCNTF).

Governor Brewer made the request in a letter to Obama, dated the day after the state dinner for Mexican president Felipe Calderón. Brewer must have felt if 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue could be so heavily guarded by security, secret service and ID checkers for a state dinner and after party, why not some choppers to keep drug runners, gangs, illegals and violent criminals out of Arizona?

While attempting to enforce immigration law in Arizona the governor claims to have only, “…four OH-58 Kiowa helicopters available for border missions,” at her disposal.  Apparently, “choppers are deployed overseas and others are reserved for training missions.”

Maybe there are extra helicopters hanging around the premises left over from Beyonce’s Margarita and Felipe performance on the South Lawn of the White House that could be freed up for border reconnaissance missions?

In addition to recently requesting air support Governor Jan Brewer also took the disingenuous, inappropriate nature of Obama’s immigration statements and sentiments to task.

Daily Jan Brewer stares down Mexican banditos, so publicly spanking Barry for misstatements, bad attitudes and misrepresentation of the Arizona bill, was no big deal for a governor determined to protect a border state and uphold the rule of law, and well she should.

The Obama administration has distorted and politicized the Arizona law, as well as using a serious issue to divide the nation along racial lines.   The President also incorporated Arizona’s attempt to close unsecured borders into the butt of juvenile jokes.

And while Barack Obama may host a great party, and even graciously share the stage with a rat, the Arizona governor felt Barry’s obnoxious jocularity when referring to situations where drug runners murder American citizens, should be addressed.

Soon after Jan Brewer publicly pointed out Barack’s less than stellar performance as a national leader, the governor then “requested additional helicopters be freed up from training missions or taken from other states and assigned to the southwestern border.”

Now that’s a lady with chutzpah!

However, after going toe-to-toe with Barack, who seems more willing to agree with foreign leaders, criticizing American laws and statutes, than supporting a governor whose state is overrun with illegal criminals – the additional helicopter appeal doesn’t look hopeful.

“The governor acknowledges her request may be unpopular with other governors, but she says she believes there are legitimate national interests in sending more aircraft to Arizona.”

Governor Jan Brewer’s request will not only be “unpopular” with other governors, but detested by the Secretary of Homeland Security, likely mocked by the “misdirected” Barack Obama and if given a platform, Mexican border enforcer, Felipe de Jesús Calderón Hinojos could add his two cents.

Reality is, chances are better for Tareq and Michaele Salahi getting into a White House function a second time then Jan Brewer getting one scintilla of assistance from the federal government. It’s unlikely the Arizona governor’s letter, request or existence will be acknowledged by the President, let alone one additional OH-58 Kiowa granted to assist in Jan Brewer’s endeavor to secure the United States border.

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