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Illegal immigrants get only 12 days' notice to cross before Obama's 1,200 troops arrive on Mexico border

An illegal immigrant suspect is frisked before transportation

The Obama administration announced Monday that illegal immigrants from Mexico have until Aug. 1 to make it across the U.S. border before it gets really serious about border security with the deployment of 1,200 additional National Guardsmen there. 

Arizona Gov., Jan Brewer, who has complained along with the state legislature about inadequate federal security efforts on the border with Mexico, promptly responded by announcing $10 million in new grants to help local and state law enforcement agencies provide border security and combat illegal immigrants and associated crime.

She said:

    I reject the Obama administration’s notion that Arizona’s border security is better than ever. Since the federal government continues to announce inadequate plans, and place new warning signs on federal lands in Arizona, we are forced to do what we can locally to act on safety and security until the Congress and the Administration act.

   I have chosen to allocate nearly $10 million of my discretionary federal stimulus funds to support law enforcement officials who deal with the ramifications of illegal activity along the border on a daily basis.

The Aug. 1 troop deployment, announced weeks ago and being implemented next month to supplement previous border efforts, comes just three days after Arizona's tough new illegal immigrant enforcement is scheduled to take effect. The ACLU, Obama administration and government of Mexico, among others, are challenging the law in federal courts, seeking an injunction to halt the July 29 implementation, called S.B. 1070.

Illegal immigrants await processing in Arizona cell

The Department of Homeland Security said the additional troops would be deployed for one year to support surveillance and efforts to combat international drug trafficking along the border.

It said 524 troops would go to Arizona, 224 to California, 250 to Texas, 72 to New Mexico and 130 somewhere else in command support roles. The troops set for Arizona equal almost two per mile of state border with Mexico.

Claiming "a sense of unprecedented urgency," the DHS statement quoted Secy. Janet Napolitano as saying:

   Over the past year and a half, this administration has pursued a new border security strategy with an unprecedented sense of urgency, making historic investments in personnel, technology and infrastructure. These troops will provide direct support to federal law enforcement officers and agents working in high-risk areas to disrupt criminal organizations seeking to move people and goods illegally across the Southwest border.

Here is the full text of a separate response by Gov. Brewer:

Part of my rationale for signing S.B. 1070 was to get the federal government to do its job and secure the border.  Despite the mantra by the Obama administration that the border is “as secure as ever,” in Arizona both Republicans and Democrats recognize they have failed. Their failure to date is borne out by today’s announcement of more federal resources. 

While the announcement of more resources is welcomed, it does not appear to be enough, or tied to a strategy to comprehensively defeat the increasingly violent drug and alien smuggling cartels that operate in Arizona on a daily basis.  We need the implementation of a federal plan to achieve victory over these brutal cartels and the porous nature of our open border.

-- Andrew Malcolm

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"The ACLU, Obama administration and government of Mexico, among others, are challenging the law in federal courts, seeking an injunction to halt the July 29 implementation, called S.B. 1070."

The question to ask here is why does Mexico care what the laws are in Arizona? What interest do they have?

@Chris: Mexico, like any state, wishes to protect its citizens, no matter where they are in the world. President Calderón has expressed concern that Mexican nationals, no matter their immigration status, will now be even more the targets of police and of racism (and the two in combination).

Most countries are concerned about their citizens. If a Mexican citizen is in the United States on business or vacation, or whatever, how will they be treated. If you decide to go to Mexico, Central America, or South America, you had better be prepared to carry your papers at all times, what goes around comes around, it's only a matter of time.

Sure Mexico have 20 billion Dollars a year interest in whats going on in Az lawsuit and so do the ACLU just wants as many of their kind here in the US, and the Dem. needs and wants theirs vote and and some companies don't want to pay you the money to do the job that the illegal are doing right now. but what they don't relize that if Az loses this Lawsuit than all of the ilegals are going to be stricking for higher raises for doing the job that the America people should be doing!!

You have it all wrong, Mexico wants to make sure it's citizens are able to overpopulate and destroy American institutions with impunity so they can take over without excessive losses of Mexican nationals. Just ask La Raza and MALDEF about their traitorous and racist policies. President Obozo is going to lose his lawsuit against Arizona and be humiliated as is deserving of such treasonous and irresponsible conduct.

What is the argument here? every single alien "BROKE THE LAW!" Our Government, Republican & Democrat, have allowed the invasion of 30 million criminals and is the largest invasion of any Nation, in direct violation of Article IV, Section IV of our Constitution.

This refusal to abide by our Constitution should be classified as Treason as grounds for IMPEACHMENT & trials for Treason!

Not only have they allowed the invasion, they force American tax payers to pay Billions of dollars to provide Welfare, Prison, Educate the invaders children,free medical care, at the same time the invading horde break numerous laws, massive document fraud, & are destroying our schools, hospitals, communities, culture and standard of living while Robbing, Raping, Killing & Assaulting American Citizens WAKE UP PEOPLE! They walked,rode,swam and drove over here, they can do the same going home! taking thier anchors with them!

This is such a joke. If you wont take away the incentives; they are not going to leave. That means making all work prove you have a right to work to be doing it including independent contract work which is presently exempt from the I 9 provisions.

That also means unlike what the NY Times is reporting about ICE's new kinder and gentler policy of auditing the books of companies; telling them to fire all the illegals; fining them a paultrey amount while not reporting which companies are hiring illegals and allowing illegals to go on their merry way to find other work instead of deporting them; you actually give the companies doing this notoriety, a stiff fine so they stop and you deport all the illegals!!!

You also need to stop educating illegals and reform the 14th amendment so that unless one parent is here legally; you dont get automatic birthright citizenship if you are born here.

Have yet to hear anything serious to stop the flow of illegals so it tells us neither party is serious about this; they dont want to stop eroding the wages and way of life for the middle class and they really dont care about their own citizens.

Oh yes Selenology and Mark Anderson, that benevolent country of Mexico is SO concerned about its citizens traveling on "vacation". That's what its all about. Gotcha.

Seriously, how do people like you two get through the day with your brains wired backwards?

Mexico loves exporting its poor. Less people to deal with, plus US funds come back to their country. It's win-win for them with no downside. If Mexico cared about its people, it would do something about the coyotes that REALLY are the ones abusing these people, the drugs, and the pervasive corruption on every level of government.

Further, how lame of you two to continue to parrot the idea that police are racist as is the law. Liberalism truly is a disease that perverts logic.

All I keep hearing is comprehensive immigration reform, comprehensive immigration reform, comprehensive immigration reform. How about some comprehensive ENFORCEMENT reform to get the illegal aliens out of this country?

These people who want amnesty for these illegal aliens better think about chain migration if amnesty is granted. This INVASION of the 20 million illegal aliens and amnesty is giving our country away. Do you really want a third world country? I DON’T!

Get the illegal aliens out of this country and back to their own country where they belong with their families. NO AMNESTY! ENFORCE THE LAW!…AND GO ARIZONA!

@ Selenology [playing the racecard - falsely]:
1) Mexican is not a race ~ it is a nationality.
2) Hispanic is not a race ~ it is a cultural reference to people 'from' Hispania (Roman name for the Iberian Peninsula - today Portugal & Spain). Hispanics dominate the lands south of the U.S. due to the Spanish Empire sending their Conquistadors (mercenaries) to the New World to take whatever the indigenous peoples had and send it back to Hispania. The Hispanics accelerated the downfall of the indigenous cultures by: taking their stuff (needed to survive), interfering with local politics (divide & conquer strategy), and spreading disease.
3) Illegal alien is not a race ~ it is status level in a system of rule of law - in which they have chosen to place themselves at the bottom through their lack of repect for rule of law. Instead of choosing to put their effort towards fixing their problems in their countries, illegal aliens choose to abandon their countries for the sake of earning more money for themselves. This is a very short-term win for a greedy individual, but it is a long-term loss for their country (which needs them much more than the U.S. or Canada).
~ fyi: Cherokee man says you are all illegal aliens

To all American Citizens and Politicians,
Why must U.S. Citizens be forced to accept and pay for Illegal Aliens?
Illegal Aliens are costing U.S. citizens Billions of dollars a year in Federal and State taxes. We provide Free Medical, Public Schooling, Social Services etc. Also, the cost of Law Enforcement which is needed for Illegal Aliens is enormous. They know if they have a baby in the U.S. it is automatically an American Citizen and they do it purposely hoping it will keep them from being deported when caught.
If the majority of U.S. citizens want to stop giving illegal aliens aid, and deport them, then our political representatives should do what their constituents want or resign.
Politicians, Special Interest Groups, and others say it is not humane and against civil rights to send these people home. Well I say that they have no rights, and don’t deserve any rights in the United States. They are not citizens, they entered illegally! They also knew that by entering the United States illegally, there could be consequences; now they must face them.
What about U.S. citizen’s rights, and their quality of life? Our constitution says “We the People” not “we the wealthy and corrupt politicians”. If Americans want their country back, then every politician should do whatever they can to send illegal aliens back to their country of origin.
If every state in America would stop providing social services, free medical, and free public schooling to illegal aliens they would have to go home. Also, if every state used the E- verify program, we could get our jobs back.
Every state should pass laws that if businesses, from small to large, employ illegal aliens they will get a fine of $10,000 per illegal and/or jail time. This includes private citizens who wish to hire illegals.
I live in Brewster, New York and illegal aliens have turned it into an undesirable place to live. The Brewster School System is being over whelmed and our taxes continue to go up in order to pay for these people.
The burden on the American citizen tax payer is enormous, and our federal and state politicians put us there. We cannot take care of the whole world. We must protect our borders and ports, stop spending money around the world (as if we have an endless supply) and put our time and effort into getting America, and its citizens, back on our feet.
Brewster New York

Are you friggin kidding me? Tell them they have 12 days to cross, so that many, many (probably) will hurry up and cross. Why was that done?

If Mexico didn't promote illegal immigration, we wouldn't be in the situation where everyone associates illegals with Latinos (Mexicans).

So to prevent racism, Mexico should stop supporting illegal immigration. Instead Mexico cries about potential racism when we are enforcing our laws.

"The (524) troops set for Arizona equal almost two per mile of state border with Mexico."

Considering Arizona's border is about 350 miles, 700 troops would be required to equal 2 troops/mile, assuming every troop worked 24/7. Seeing as there would probably be 3-8 hour shifts... instead, the 524 troops being sent to Arizona divided over 3 shifts = ~175 troops "securing our border" at a time. Therefore, the Government is allocating 1 troop per every two miles in Arizona. Nice work Obama, you sure showed that American public that you mean business!

We, the tax paying productive citizens of the USA, can no longer support you, financially or otherwise. We have opened our home for you, and now you loot and pillage our hospitality. A new day is emerging, starting this November. Your lack of respect for our law, culture, and generosity has broken us. The gravy train is pulling out. Press 1 for deportation.

What I think needs to happen is that some goverments need to get there heads in the game and start thinking about the people in there countries ( or states) as in stop supporting illigal immigration and start trying to better the living conditions for the poor people do you know that there are an estimate 12 million unregistered immigrants in the U.S and and estiminte that 1 million unregistered immigrants comeing over every year. god honestly what is the government thinking.?


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