Jim Kouri
Border war: National Guard may be deployed to U.S.-Mexico border
FacebookTwitterGoogle+
By Jim Kouri
March 13, 2009

The governor of Arizona is requesting a deployment of up to 250 National Guard troops to that state's border with Mexico, while the Texas governor is considering a similar action. The escalating violence occurring at the US-Mexico border is causing enormous concern within both states.

In an effort to pre-empt expected criticism from a growing number of Americans, President Barack Obama has indicated to the Pentagon that he's considering these deployments, according to sources in Washington, DC.

On Wednesday, Obama told news reporters, "We're going to examine whether, and if, National Guard deployments would make sense and in what circumstances they would make sense as part of this overall review of our border situation."

However, according to the Department of Defense press office, the White House did not release a transcript of Obama's meetings with military officials regarding the border violence and crime being perpetrated by criminal aliens, drug traffickers and Mexican crime gangs.

However, law enforcement executives and rank-and-file police officers aren't expecting a strong response to the escalating violence.

"I haven't drawn any conclusions yet. I don't have a particular tipping point in mind," President Obama said in a statement released by the DOD.

While Obama called the killing of Americans by Mexican drug gangs and other criminal aliens 'unacceptable,' many proponents of tough border security don't expect any true action from a man who prefaced his statement with "I don't want to militarize the border."

Last week, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Admiral Mike Mullen, met with Mexican officials about the chaos being created by Mexican crime and drug gangs. Mullen had mentioned the need for US military assistance for the Mexican soldiers facing their dangerous foes.

Yesterday, Arizona Governor Jan Brewer dispatched a letter of request to Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates saying the state needed 250 more National Guard soldiers to be posted along the 350-mile Arizona-Mexico border.

Although Brewer has the authority to call up the troops, she asked Gates to mobilize them as part of the federally funded Joint Counter Narco-terrorism Task Force. That force currently includes about 150 Army and Air National Guard members.

"Brewer already has the authority to deployment the Guard, but the governor is attempting to avoid a firestorm should anything adverse occurs," warns one police chief from Arizona who requested anonymity.

Brewer is quoted as saying: "Arizona communities and citizens are negatively affected by the impacts of the illegal drug trade and related border violence, and enforcement agencies in all jurisdictions are stretched as they attempt to address the enormity of the problems. The support these additional soldiers can provide to law enforcement agency operations would prove invaluable."

According to a recent report, Phoenix, AR is considered the "kidnapping" capital of the United States.

In neighboring Texas, Gov. Rick Perry has expressed the need for more troops or border agents along its border with Mexico. Perry reiterated at a ceremony last week the need for more help to disrupt operations of the Mexican Mafia, Texas Syndicate, Barrio Azteca, MS-13 and other violent transnational gangs.

Pentagon spokesman Bryan Whitman told reporters today it's too soon to know if additional military support will be granted.

Back in 2006, under President George W. Bush, 6,000 National Guard soldiers were sent to the US-Mexican border in Arizona, California, New Mexico and Texas. However, Guard members were prohibited from enforcing the immigration laws. Their missions included engineering, aviation surveillance, and other support.

The current Merida Initiative provides Mexico and several other countries funding to counter drug trafficking, and the U.S. military has a strong military-to-military partnership with Mexico. Unfortunately, the group known as the Zetas — which provides protection services for the drug cartels — is comprised of former members of the Mexican military, some of whom were trained by the US military.

© Jim Kouri

 

The views expressed by RenewAmerica columnists are their own and do not necessarily reflect the position of RenewAmerica or its affiliates.
(See RenewAmerica's publishing standards.)


Jim Kouri

Jim Kouri, CPP is currently fifth vice-president of the National Association of Chiefs of Police... (more)

Subscribe

Receive future articles by Jim Kouri: Click here

More by this author

September 10, 2017
Trump Justice: 'Dreamer' wanted for murder nabbed by feds in NJ and extradited


July 26, 2017
NJ 12-year-old's suicide a plea for cyber-bullying law: GOP candidate Heather Darling


June 12, 2017
Obama hampered law enforcement investigation of Iranian terrorism funding


June 2, 2017
Prez of Young Democrats and Mayor de Blasio staffer busted for kiddie porn; one victim 6-mos. old


May 29, 2017
The conservative approach to taxation and a healthy business climate


May 24, 2017
U.S. intelligence reports warn of cyber "Cold War"


March 3, 2017
Media attack Trump's terrorism expert Dr. Sebastian Gorka


December 23, 2016
Trump's border wall: The bill was passed and signed into law


December 22, 2016
Dem lawmakers demand commission to probe Trump-Russia conspiracy


December 14, 2016
Outraged Vets: VA hospital death touted as proof of Obama and Democrats indifference


More articles

 

Stephen Stone
'The fervent prayer of the righteous'

Siena Hoefling
Protect the Children: Update with VIDEO

Stephen Stone
Busted: Dems' fake claim that Trump and Utah congressional hopeful Burgess Owens want 'renewed nuclear testing' blows up when examined

Rev. Mark H. Creech
Coups in America? Surely not!

Judie Brown
Cardinal Wilton Gregory’s travesty

Tom DeWeese
We must demand legal action on election fraud

Tabitha Korol
Palestine: A self-imposed prison

Selwyn Duke
Me, Über Alles: The maddening reason politicians break their own lockdown rules

Timothy Buchanan
Truth hangs in the balance...again

Rev. Mark H. Creech
Bowed but not broken under a wintry blast

Jake Jacobs
There is a specter haunting America; it is the specter of LEFTISM!

Laurie Roth
Just as the flag flew boldly on Sept 14, 1814, it waves in freedom for Trump and America now

Tom DeWeese
What do I mean by a Freedom Pod?

Joan Swirsky
Tucker goes Megyn

Mark Shepard
Rep. Tom McClintock (R-Calif.) ridicules CA Gov. Gavin Newsom for his idiotic Covid edicts [VIDEO]
  More columns

Cartoons


Click for full cartoon
More cartoons

RSS feeds

News:
Columns:

Columnists

Matt C. Abbott
Chris Adamo
Russ J. Alan
Bonnie Alba
Jamie Freeze Baird
Chuck Baldwin
Kevin J. Banet
J. Matt Barber
. . .
[See more]

Sister sites