Thursday, August 12, 2010

Funding delay for "beefed up" border security

No one should be surprised that the promise was empty.
A $600 million bill to beef up border security should have been on its way to President Barack Obama for signature after the House approved it Tuesday, but instead it was derailed by a procedural glitch that requires a do-over by the Senate - which has adjourned until September.

The technical misstep embarrassed congressional leaders and put the brakes on quick approval of funding for Obama's plan to deploy another 1,500 Border Patrol and other law enforcement personnel along the U.S. border with Mexico.

Of course, this now non existent and unfunded program was the political justification for federal efforts to delay implementation of Arizona's state immigration law.

An injunction was entered against the Arizona law, the promised increase in border security never appeared, and our border is still wide open.

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