This one’s going to develop into a scandal. The Republic reported today that Janet Napolitano is “redeploying” 360 U.S. border agents from their jobs protecting American interests so that they can now devote their time inspecting vehicles travelling into Mexico.
Readers no doubt remember that Napolitano earned a reputation while Governor of Arizona for her “can-do nothing” attitude on border security, vetoing numerous bills. But now we find out that she really does care about border security, only it’s Mexico’s border security.
You may wonder why it is the U.S. government’s responsibility to protect Mexico from border traffic, especially since the Mexican government does nothing to deter the influx of illegal alien traffic from Mexico. Actually, to the extent it does anything, Mexico ENCOURAGES illegal aliens to come here! If American border security is America’s problem, as Mexico has long contended, why is Mexican border security now America’s problem too?
According to Napolitano, “there is shared responsibility (on border security) going both ways.” Is she crazy? What, if anything, has Mexico done to share this responsibility?
You also might wonder what important jobs these U.S. agents have been diverted from? Tracking terrorists? Hunting down illegal aliens who also commit violent crime in the U.S.? Enforcement of rules prohibiting illegal aliens from working in the U.S., thereby protecting jobs for citizens and legal residents?