1200 unarmed National Guard troops sent to Mexican border – for what?

Our dear comrade leader is sending 1200 National Guard troops to the US/Mexican border to do.. er, um, something. According to this story (from AFP), they won’t be involved in stopping illegal immigration. This move was somewhat surprising in that no one mentioned it to the governor of Arizona.

US National Guard troops being sent to the Mexican border will be used to stem the flow of guns and drugs across the frontier and not to enforce US immigration laws, the State Department said Wednesday.

The clarification came after the Mexican government urged Washington not to use the additional troops to go after illegal immigrants.

President Barack Obama on Tuesday authorized the deployment of up to 1,200 additional troops to border areas but State Department spokesman Philip Crowley told reporters, “It’s not about immigration.”

He said the move was “fully consistent with our efforts to do our part to stem, you know, violence, to interdict the flow of dangerous people and dangerous goods — drugs, guns, people.”

Apparently the administration had to seek permission from the Mexican government before making this move. SHEEESH!

But if they are going there to “interdict the flow of dangerous people and dangerous goods,” what good will it do if they’re unarmed? (story here from Fox News)

While Washington wrings its hands over immigration, Arizona border residents say political dithering is making things worse.

“Every time our president talks to the Mexican president, or every time the word amnesty comes over the Mexican news, there is a flood of people,” said one resident who wanted to remain anonymous for fear of retaliation.

She and her neighbors say unarmed National Guard won’t deter drug smugglers or anyone else.

“There’s guys out here with no guns and they’re our troops. The Mexicans think we’re nuts,” says the resident.

But it is not just Mexicans. In 2009 Customs and Border Protection arrested 52,000 illegal entrants from countries other than Mexico, known as “OTM’s,” including from Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iran, Nigeria, Somalia and Yemen.

This is nothing more than a clumsy political move by our dear comrade leader. We hope and pray that none of these troops are killed or injured by being put into harm’s way without the means to protect themselves.

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