Skip to comments.Dems push back against deploying National Guard to border
Posted on 07/23/2014 12:20:19 PM PDT by Tailgunner Joe
House Democrats are lining up in staunch opposition to the Republicans' push to send the National Guard to the southern border.
House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) has called on President Obama to use those troops to help personnel already on the ground. On Monday, Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) deployed the Guard to his states border, and a GOP border working group is soon to release policy recommendations expected to include similar plans.
But the Democrats contend the use of the Guard would do little to help a situation in which many of the new arrivals thousands of them unaccompanied children are surrendering to the authorities in hopes of qualifying to stay in the United States. "The last thing we want to do is to put armed troops on the border," Rep. Loretta Sanchez (D-Calif.) told MSNBC Tuesday. "That is not the purpose of our military."
Rep. Lloyd Doggett (D-Texas) piled on, accusing Perry who's eying another run at the White House in 2016 of wasting taxpayer dollars to further his "grandiose political ambitions."
"It is a costly misuse of our highly skilled National Guard to demand its service as a mere referral agent for children seeking refuge from abuse," Doggett said in a statement. "Doing its job effectively, our Border Patrol does not need interference from either Governor Perry or vigilantes."
The Perry administration is defending his plan to send as many as 1,000 Guard troops to the border, saying their focus will be on the drug cartels and other criminal elements who are eluding capture because of the recent focus on the influx of youngsters.
"Our effort in Texas is not focused on the unaccompanied children," Texas Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst (R) said Tuesday. "That's a humanitarian problem which can be solved this afternoon, by either Congress getting off their duff and passing [legislation] or the administration saying, enough."
Democrats, though, contend the border is more secure than Perry and his congressional supporters are claiming. The Democrats say the resources would be better spent on increasing the number of immigration judges, lawyers, healthcare workers and other personnel who could expedite the processing of the new arrivals.
"It is not so much a security problem as it is people showing up and saying, 'I'm here. Take me in. Arrest me or take me into detention,'" Rep. Steny Hoyer (Md), the Democratic whip, said Tuesday. "That's not a security problem. That's a problem [of], 'OK, what do we do?'
"We are not going to ignore people who are knocking on the door and saying, 'I'm hungry.'"
Sanchez also rejected the notion that the border is insecure.
"We have increased our border patrol. We're apprehending people. They're not getting through," Sanchez said. "Now we need to figure out who they are. We need to figure out whether we send them back. We need to figure out whether they stay here because of civil strife in their own countries."
The debate over the National Guard strategy could soon come front-and-center to Capitol Hill, where a Republican border task force, led by Rep. Kay Granger (R-Texas), is scheduled Wednesday to unveil legislative recommendations for dealing with the border crisis.
The group has held its suggestions close to the vest, but Republican leaders have long-called for Obama to tap the National Guard to address the border crisis.
In a letter to Obama last month, Boehner said the Guard "is uniquely qualified to respond to such humanitarian crises."
"They are able to help deal with both the needs of these children and families as well as relieve the border patrol to focus on their primary duty of securing our border," Boehner wrote on June 20.
Not all Democrats are entirely opposed. Hoyer, for instance, left the door open for supporting such a strategy.
"I first want to see what they are going to be used for
before I answer that specifically," he said. "Because I am not sure."
“LET OUR VOTERS IN!”
Who would have thought for once its the Dems with the circular firing squad and the GOP finally doing something right.
Of course they’ll probably capitulate tomorrow...
you know, I think I'll believe the Lt. Governator of Texas who said 57,000 children are only 15-20% of the total flow. 85% of the flow are adults and 25% of the adults are criminals. Since there are about as many criminals coming across as 'children', I think the National Guard will help the situation greatly.
Since when isn’t it the job of a soldier to repel invaders? Just what is their purpose then Representative sanchez?
“”It is a costly misuse of our highly skilled National Guard... As opposed to the Obama’s numerous vacation junkets and abuse of government aircraft? Like that, Congressman? I bet if Obama cancelled his 2-week vacation to Martha’s Vinyard we’d have enough money to keep that battalion of the Texas Guard on the border for the rest of the summer with change to spare.
“We are not going to ignore people who are knocking on the door and saying, ‘I’m hungry.’”
the national park service says don’t feed the animals.. they know what happens when you do.
Its sad to say, but they MUST go back to where they came from. We have enough of our own knocking on the door hungry. They are different governments problem.
Pot, meet kettle.
Smoke and mirrors, this has absolutely nothing to do with the children coming here illegally, it is only about keeping the border so that 85% or more of the controlled substances that one cannot get by prescription continues to flow freely across the Southern Border. Wake up People. The WAR ON DRUGS is far too important.
Where would American’s get their drugs and drug profits if we closed the border?? Where would the CIA get their money from?? What about the MILLIONS of Drug Warriors we have, what would they do?? Police, Judges, Prisons, Probation Departments, rehab centers, and let’s not forget the ever so important POLICE STATE we spent the last 39 years creating??