Friday, June 30, 2006

Border? Insecure. Illegal Crossers? VERY Wary

The Bush administration has been unable to muster even half of the 2,500 National Guardsmen it planned to have on the Mexican border by the end of June.

President Bush's plan called for all 50 states to send troops. But only 10 states — including the four border states — have signed commitments.

Bush's plan for stemming illegal immigration by using National Guardsmen in a support role called for 2,500 troops to be on the border by June 30, and 6,000 by the end of July.

But National Guard officials said today that they probably won't reach the 2,500 target until early to mid-July and won't make the 6,000 deadline, either. Also, they said the number of troops will fluctuate from week to week over the course of the two-year mission.

Despite this, it is also true that in the first week of Guard deployment, when only 55 Guardsmen were at the border (repairing Jeeps and pushing papers--that's all GWB will let them do), captures of illegal crossers dropped 21%.

And the Open Borders Crowd told us that "nothing can stem the tide ..."--remember?

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