US troops won't be used to stop illegal immigration: US
"US National Guard troops being sent to the Mexican border will be used to stem the flow of guns and drugs across the frontier and not to enforce US immigration laws, the State Department said Wednesday.
"The clarification came after the Mexican government urged Washington not to use the additional troops to go after illegal immigrants. "
Obama wants $500 million to send National Guard to secure the border (prelude to amnesty)
Barack Obama wants Congress to allocate $500 million in order to send up to 1200 National Guard troops to the border.
[The Mexican government had this response:]
Regarding the Administration’s decision to send 1,200 National Guard servicemen to the US Southern border, the Government of Mexico trusts that this decision will help to channel additional US resources to enhance efforts to prevent the illegal flows of weapons and bulk cash into Mexico, which provide organized crime with its firepower and its ability to corrupt...and that it will not, in accordance to its legal obligations, conduct activities directly linked to the enforcement of immigration laws.
President Barack Obama on Tuesday authorized the deployment of up to 1,200 additional troops to border areas but State Department spokesman Philip Crowley told reporters, "It's not about immigration."
He said the move was "fully consistent with our efforts to do our part to stem, you know, violence, to interdict the flow of dangerous people and dangerous goods -- drugs, guns, people."
..."We have explained the president's announcement to the government of Mexico, and they fully understand the rationale behind it," Crowley said.
That will be hard to explain, then....
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