Obama’s Troop Deployment to Border Draws Rebuke From Both Sides

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Tuesday, May 25, 2010 at 6:10 pm

President Obama’s decision today to deploy 1,200 National Guard troops to beef up security on the U.S.-Mexico border, at a cost of $500 million, has fallen short of a GOP embrace and at the same time alienated some of his progressive allies.

Obama’s move — seemingly an overture to win Republican support for immigration reform after meeting with GOP senators earlier today — earned a backhanded response from Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and was likewise chided by the leading pro-immigration reform group America’s Voice.

“Americans are hungry for real leadership on immigration, but this move by the President serves only to reward those who are standing in the way of real reform,” Frank Sharry, executive director of America’s Voice, told me in an e-mail, alleging Obama has taken “one step forward and two steps back.”

McCain, who reportedly requested a deployment during the meeting, said he “appreciate[s]” the president’s intention but thinks the move is “simply not enough” to tackle Arizona’s border woes. McCain “called for 6,000 National Guard troops to be sent, and he asked for $250 million more to pay for them,” The Associated Press reports.

Still, Sharry considers Obama’s decision a major concession to anti-immigration forces.

“Caving in to McCain and Kyl on ‘border-only’ immigration policy echoes the Democrats’ cave-in on immigration in the health care exchange following Joe Wilson’s rude outburst,” Sharry said. “It even echoes the eyebrow-raising White House announcement of support for offshore drilling.”

Neither of those moves, of course, won much Republican support.

Sahil Kapur is Washington correspondent for Raw Story and a regular contributor to the Huffington Post and The Guardian.

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Comment posted May 25, 2010 @ 11:01 pm

Obama is a coward. He is allowing the Mexican government to control our immigration and our southern border. His decisions are based on his political needs instead of our national security. He has already told the Mexican government and the cartel the purpose (sit on their ass) and where the national guard will be placed along the border. 1, 200 national guard troops are nothing and was announced for lame stream media purposes only. What is needed are 16,000 troops for one year while the border fence is completed.


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What hypocrisy! Obama dares to take the authority as President of the United States and give the podium, Congress, media and American people to a “beat down” by Mexico.

McCain is not true to his word either. Hayworth is the only vote for Arizona if they want to really protect themselves as citizens.

But McCain did show his birth records to prove his does have the authority of the office he now holds.

Hypocrisy!

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