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Madame Secretary might want to talk to Pinal County, Arizona Sheriff Paul Babeu who is so angry with the government because of the DoJ lawsuit challenging the Arizona immigration law that he was recently quoted as saying, “Our own government has become our enemy and is taking us to court at a time when we need help.”
Referring to the BLM signs that dot the countryside in his county, Babeu said:
What’s very troubling is the fact that at a time when we in law enforcement and our state need help from the federal government, instead of sending help they put up billboard-size signs warning our citizens to stay out of the desert in my county because of dangerous drug and human smuggling and weapons and bandits and all these other things and then, behind that, they drag us into court with the ACLU.
Statistics are meaningless when you’re the one on the front lines fighting to hold back the relentless human tide, but perhaps Sheriff Babeu is referring to the fact that 17% of illegal immigrants crossing the border have criminal records. That alone should rouse the federal government from its stupor because up to 30% of illegals do not stay long in the state in which they cross the border, fanning out across the country where the criminal element among them continues their lives of crime — to the detriment of the life and property of residents in non-border states.
As if the problem of illegal immigration isn’t bad enough, add the extraordinary bloody and violent drug wars being waged in border states of Mexico and some of that bloodletting is bound to spill over into the US. And part of that crossover violence is hitting home in Maricopa County, Arizona where the drug lords are apparently targeting Sheriff Joe Arpaio for execution:
On the day parts of Arizona’s immigration law, SB 1070, went into effect, Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio is in the news for another reason: there’s a price on his head – allegedly offered by a Mexican drug cartel.
The audio message in Spanish is a bit garbled, but the text is clear.
It’s offering $1 million for Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s head and $10,000 for anyone who wants to join the Mexican cartel
Arapio has been at the center of the immigration debate for years, given that many of his enforcement techniques were adapted for inclusion in SB 1070. It’s clear that Sheriff Joe has struck a nerve with the cartels and is a threat to their operations.
One wishes that the federal government were an equal threat to the freedom of the drug gangs, the smugglers, the kidnappers, and others who cross the border with impunity. Alas, even when President Obama promises action, he drags his feet in implementation.
Consider the president’s promise to send 1,200 National Guardsmen to the border. What he didn’t mention when he made that announcement was that the feds were going to take their own sweet time in getting things organized.
The president made the deployment announcement on May 25. The promised date that the Guard would begin their assistance was August 1. The problem is that no one told the border states that the feds were guestimating when they made that promise:
The National Guard, which officials had announced would turn out en masse along the U.S.-Mexico border over the weekend for sentry duty, was nowhere to be found Sunday.
It turns out it will take weeks longer to select, screen and train the 1,200 National Guard troops the Obama administration had said would be deployed on Aug. 1 along the border from California to Texas.
Administration officials explained that the announced date was always a starting point, the beginning of the process of deployment and not the day soldiers would begin massing at the boundary line.
“Full deployment will take place over succeeding weeks,” Janet Napolitano, the secretary of homeland security, said in an interview. “It won’t be 100 percent showing up all of a sudden.”
It seems a certainty that the federal government does not see what is happening on the US border as a crisis.
So while Obama and the feds twiddle their thumbs and accuse pro-immigration enforcement activists of being racists, Washington’s only real response to the crisis has been to sue the one state that has said “enough” to federal inaction and has taken matters into its own hands to protect its citizens.
In this one instance, President Obama is letting a genuine crisis go to waste.
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