For Immediate Release: Thursday, May 27, 2010
A Well Defined Mission to Secure the Border is Critical to Success
Phoenix, AZ – Today, Dean Martin questioned President Obama’s commitment to securing our southern border. Just weeks after Homeland Secretary Napolitano made the outrageous claim that the southern border is “as secure as it’s ever been,” President Obama has now ordered 1,200 troops to the southern border.
“As long as Secretary Napolitano in charge, I have little confidence President Obama’s recent token attempt to secure the border by claiming the National Guard might be deployed,” said Dean Martin. “The mission as defined by the President is unclear, and Secretary Napolitano thinks the southern border is already secure.”
Treasurer Dean Martin, a long-time border security proponent, six years ago Martin called for the Arizona National Guard to be put on the border and the fence to be finished. As Governor, Dean Martin would deploy 3,000 Nation Guard troops to the Arizona border, finish the fence, as well as provide an additional $50 million in state money for local law enforcement to beef up enforcement.
“The National Guard should have a well defined mission to protect our borders, we cannot wait any longer. If the Federal government will not secure our border, Arizona should. We can not afford to bear the brunt of illegal immigration, nor can we wait for this administration to deploy more troops with only a mandate to push red tape around.”
Dean Martin is the State Treasurer for Arizona, a statewide elective office, where he oversees $9.3 billion in investments from State and Local governments. Martin is a former state legislator who has a long record of providing transparency in government and real solutions for tax relief and border security for Arizona families.