Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Obama's Misplaced Priorities.

As expected, the Obama administration has filed a law suit against the State of Arizona over it's controversial new immigration law.
Obama has decided to carry through with the suit, in spite of the fact that a majority of Americans approve of Arizona's attempt to step in where Federal officials fear to go.

Four days ago, 21 members of rival drug gangs were killed in a massive gun battle 12 miles from the Arizona border. While this may be the worst case of violence erupting near the border between Mexico and Arizona in years, it certainly was not the first incident.There's no wonder why the good people of Arizona want the Federal government to secure the border.

An objective reading of Arizona's new legislation reveals the law to be no more "draconian" than current Federal regulations.

In 2006, Mexican President Felipe Calderon promised to use thousands of troops and federal police to control the drug related violence in his country. More than 23,000 people have been killed in Mexico by drug violence in the mean time. President Obama's response is certainly not comforting. More than 4,300 people have been murdered in recent years in Ciudad Juarez, which borders El Paso, Texas - including an assistant attorney general for the Mexican State of Chihuahua and one of her bodyguards just days ago.

Rather than increase troop levels in Afghanistan, Obama might do well to consider putting more "boots on the ground" on the United States/Mexico border.


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