President Obama, after meeting with Senate Republicans yesterday announces he intends to spend $500 million dollars and send 1200 ANG troops to the border to help stop illegal immigration. Is Obama caving to pressure or just a well timed head fake? Well, based on what Republicans asked for, it’s a sham.From the AP:
Arizona Sens. John McCain and Jon Kyl have been urging such a move, and Republicans planned to try to require it as an amendment to a pending war spending bill.
In a speech Tuesday on the Senate floor, McCain said the situation on the U.S.-Mexico border has “greatly deteriorated.” He called for 6,000 National Guard troops to be sent, and he asked for $250 million more to pay for them.
“I appreciate the additional 1,200 being sent … as well as an additional $500 million, but it’s simply not enough,” McCain said.
McCain’s amendment would direct the defense secretary to deploy the National Guard troops. The letter from Jones and Brennan took scathing aim at that approach.
“It represents an unwarranted interference with the commander in chief’s responsibilities to direct the employment of our armed forces,” Jones and Brennan wrote.
Senator Kyle (R,AZ) says most of the ANG work will be desk jobs which would seem to buttress the “sham” argument, meant just to make a President, who seems to rely heavily on style over substance, look like he is compromising on stopping the flow of illegals. But Charles Krauthammer, last night, said he believes it is all smoke and mirrors. That if you want to stop the flow of illegals, “plug the damn hole”, so to speak.
Not a bad idea, which is why it won’t get done.