President Bush’s National Guard Chief Questions GOP Border Plan


House Republicans are on the verge of releasing a message plan to address the humanitarian crisis at the border – unfortunately it doesn’t appear it will help much.

From Chicago Sun-Times:  House GOP to recommend sending National Guard to border

House Republicans are preparing to recommend National Guard at the border and speedier returns of Central American youths as their response to the immigration crisis.

The recommendations from a working group created by House Speaker John Boehner could come as early as Tuesday afternoon or Wednesday, according to the group’s leader, Rep. Kay Granger of Texas.

At the same time Republicans are working to significantly pare down President Barack Obama’s $3.7 billion emergency spending request for the border…

What impact would sending the National Guard to the border have?  A questionable one, says H. Steven Blum, Chief of the National Guard Bureau under President George W. Bush from 2003 to 2009.  From an interview he did today with Washington Post’s Greg Sargent:

Until mission requirements are clearly defined, it can’t be determined whether this is an appropriate use of the Guard in this particular case…There may be many other organizations that might more appropriately be called upon. If you’re talking about search and rescue, maintaining the rule of law or restoring conditions back to normal after a natural disaster or a catastrophe, the Guard is superbly suited to that. I’m not so sure that what we’re dealing with in scope and causation right now would make it the ideal choice…

Merely sending the Guard to the border is not a panacea for the myriad complex problems of the current situation.

The increasing number of children being apprehended at the border shows that our immigration system is broken.  Republicans should stop blocking comprehensive immigration reform so we can fix what is broken now.

It’s time for Republicans to stop catering to the most extreme and angry anti-immigrant voices in their party and come together with Democrats to do the right thing for the children who are suffering because of their radical intolerance and inaction.

 

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