And to Make Matters Worse, No Troops Coming to the Arizona Border Anytime Soon
Wow, timing is everything. Right on the heals of the gutting of SB1070 by a Clinton-appointed judge, now we are finding out that the National Guard troop deployment isn’t on track either.
An Arizona National Guard spokesman said troops will not begin bolstering security along the Arizona border this Sunday, despite what was announced by the Departments of Homeland Security and Defense 10 days ago.
“We won’t have any units deployed by August 1,” said Lt. Valentine Castillo, a public-affairs officer. “We don’t yet know when troops will actually arrive.”
On July 19, Homeland Security issued a news release headlined, “Obama administration announces Aug. 1 National Guard deployment to support federal law enforcement along the Southwest border.”
At the same time, in a commentary written for The Arizona Republic, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano wrote that deployment of troops – including 524 assigned to Arizona – “will begin on August 1 to coincide with the Homeland Security resources being surged to the Arizona border.” Napolitano said the surge is to include reassignment of hundreds of Border Patrol agents and port inspectors to Arizona, along with aircraft and other technology.
Pour some salt in the wound, squirt lemon juice into my papercut. Call it what you want, but Arizona just got screwed again.