Friday, January 05, 2007

Illegal Immigrantion Update

While Vanity Fair was publishing a puff piece on John McCain which addressed many topics, including Immigration, there was a bunch of things happening on the border.

From the article in Vanity Fair:

He began this mid-October day in Sioux City, appearing at a fund-raising Siouxland Breakfast for Representative Steve King, an immigration hard-liner. Recently he had called McCain an "amnesty mercenary" for daring to work with Senator Ted Kennedy on a compromise bill that would provide an eventual path to citizenship for the millions of immigrant workers already in the United States illegally. A day earlier, in Milwaukee, in front of an audience of more sympathetic businessmen, McCain had been asked how debate over the immigration bill was playing politically. "In the short term, it probably galvanizes our base," he said. "In the long term, if you alienate the Hispanics, you'll pay a heavy price." Then he added, unable to help himself, "By the way, I think the fence is least effective. But I'll build the goddamned fence if they want it."
"I'm willing to negotiate anything," McCain tells the breakfast crowd in Sioux City, explaining that there is no way the millions of illegal aliens now here can be sent back to their countries of origin. But he acknowledges that anything seen as amnesty for illegals is "totally unacceptable, particularly to our Republican base." Later, McCain tells me that Congressman King "really knows this issue," but he sounds as if he is trying to persuade himself as much as me.

Yes Senator, we wouldn't want to alienate the Hispanics who are here illegally.

As I said, many things were going on. First a recap of my Immigration posts. Now, a report on the Military of Mexico which appears to be freelancing for the Drug Cartels, and crossing the border. I wonder if they feel alienated Senator McCain?

U.S. Border Patrol agents and local law enforcement officials operating along the southwestern border have come under attack from the Mexican side in recent months, with automatic gunfire frequently erupting, Rep. John Culberson (R-Texas)

On the day I was reading and rolling my eyes at Senator McCain's ideals this story was posted, showing how our Guardsmen were driven back by heavily armed men at the Border. The reason they had to give ground by the way, they were ordered not to fire on people attacking them, I don't know why, it's not stated in the story. One can assume we wouldn't want a politically charged shooting where a criminal was shot and killed in the commission of a crime.

A U.S. Border Patrol entry Identification Team site was overrun Wednesday night along Arizona's border with Mexico.According to the Border Patrol, an unknown number of gunmen attacked the site in the state's West Desert Region around 11 p.m. The site is manned by National Guardsmen. Those guardsmen were forced to retreat. The Border Patrol will not say whether shots were fired. However, no Guardsmen were injured in the incident.The Border Patrol says the incident occurred somewhere along the 120 mile section of the border between Nogales and Lukeville. The area is known as a drug corridor. Last year, 124-thousand pounds of illegal drugs were confiscated in this area. The Border patrol says the attackers quickly retreated back into Mexico.

So our military was attacked, on OUR soil, by foreign nationals, and we retreated. Well I can certainly see how we would want to refrain from upsetting people who would charge our border in such a blatant manner.

I would write more, but I am going to the Hardware store to buy some bricks to send to congress.

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