September 3, 2010
Obama Ignores Mexican Drug Cartel Invasion of ArizonaTopics: Immigration and Border Issues, Political News and commentaries
Sitting here slack-jawed and scratching my head, I can't help but wonder why the President of the United States and the Democrats in Congress completely ignore a Mexican invasion of the sovereign U.S. soil.
The Washington Times reports:
The federal government has posted signs along a major interstate highway in Arizona, more than 100 miles north of the U.S.-Mexico border, warning travelers the area is unsafe because of drug and alien smugglers, and a local sheriff says Mexican drug cartels now control some parts of the state.Read more ...
The signs were posted by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) along a 60-mile stretch of Interstate 8 between Casa Grande and Gila Bend, a major east-west corridor linking Tucson and Phoenix with San Diego.
They warn travelers that they are entering an "active drug and human smuggling area" and they may encounter "armed criminals and smuggling vehicles traveling at high rates of speed." Beginning less than 50 miles south of Phoenix, the signs encourage travelers to "use public lands north of Interstate 8" and to call 911 if they "see suspicious activity."
Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu, whose county lies at the center of major drug and alien smuggling routes to Phoenix and cities east and west, attests to the violence. He said his deputies are outmanned and outgunned by drug traffickers in the rough-hewn desert stretches of his own county.
"Mexican drug cartels literally do control parts of Arizona," he said. "They literally have scouts on the high points in the mountains and in the hills and they literally control movement. They have radios, they have optics, they have night-vision goggles as good as anything law enforcement has.
"This is going on here in Arizona," he said. "This is 70 to 80 miles from the border - 30 miles from the fifth-largest city in the United States."
He said he asked the Obama administration for 3,000 National Guard soldiers to patrol the border, but what he got were 15 signs.
Please tell me that Obama is not ignoring this invasion for the sole purpose of Latino votes and to appease his far-Left base, because that's the only reason I can think of for Obamessiah to be looking the other way as thousands of armed Mexicans invade our soil. I won't believe you, bcause that's the only reason I can think of, but it might make me feel better to know of an excuse for his inaction.
However, "politics-only" happens to be the reason the even the HuffPo also gives for the Obama (temporary) victory in the Arizona lawsuit being good for Democrats:
[...] The polling on this issue is very clear. The position a candidate takes on the Arizona lawsuit appears to affect the voting decisions of only one group: Latino voters.Sadly, the Left - and their leader Barack Obama, actually think in these terms, putting politics ahead of country.
The passage of the Arizona "papers, please" anti-immigration law has forced Republican politicians around the country into a political box canyon that does not offer an easy escape. For fear of offending the emergent Tea Party -- and other anti-immigrant zealots in their own base -- they are precipitating a massive realignment of Latino voters nationwide.
[...] Completely apart from the impact the Arizona law has on persuadable voters, it will have an energizing effect on mobilizable Hispanic voters -- voters who would vote Democratic but are unlikely to vote unless they are mobilized.
Until the Arizona law came along, may Hispanic voters were demoralized by the difficulty of passing promised comprehensive immigration reform.
The passage of the Arizona law changed the equation. On a party line vote, Republicans did something in Arizona that was a fundamental assault on the Latino community. Republicans across America have endorsed it. But what is just as important, the Democratic President took up the battle to defend the community -- and just won a major victory.
And knowing that this jerk's administration has the chutzpah to throw Arizona - and America with it under the bus for the cause of open borders - pisses me off all the more. As Michelle Malkin aptly quips, the shady U.N. human rights police must be laughing their jackboots off.
H/t - Reliapundit
Posted by Richard at September 3, 2010 8:21 AM