Do you agree with Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano The National Guard Is Not Needed At The Border?
Who better than someone formerly in their ranks?
Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, who was Arizona’s governor until January, had pleaded with the Bush administration for the same thing. She wanted soldiers kept on the border as a two-year program under which thousands of Guardsmen supported the Border Patrol wrapped up last July.
Napolitano strongly supported then-President George Bush’s launch of Operation Jump Start in 2006 and just a year ago tried to sway him and then-Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff to keep troops deployed when it was ending.
Yet since becoming President Barack Obama’s domestic security chief, Napolitano has not publicly repeated that the Guard is still needed on the Mexican border, just that the matter is under review.
“The National Guard issue, without being state-specific, is under consideration,” she said Wednesday in Nogales, Ariz.
Earlier that day in El Paso, Texas, Alan Bersin, her newly named assistant secretary for international affairs and “border czar,” appeared to come down against deploying troops. Bersin noted that a law barring use of military to enforce U.S. law has served the country well.