President Bush disses the Southwestern Sheriffs' Border Coalition from CA, NM, AZ and TX... won't meet with them regarding border security problems...
The willful blinders are there, even though he and his administration have information confirming that OTM potential terrorists have already entered this country from Mexico.
First, Bush snubbed Republican members of the Texas State Legislature who came to Washington to meet with him regarding inadequate security and resulting problems along Texas' border with Mexico. Now, he has refused to meet with a coalition of Sheriffs from all U.S. states that border Mexico. Apparently he is too stubborn to listen to them or the vast majority of the rest of us Americans who want our borders secured and permanently protected from all illegal entry.
I watched and listened to Bush's press conference about Zarqawi's death and Iraq's now-complete government the other day. He stated "It's my job to protect the American people." I agree. That is his sworn Constitutional duty. He is also Chief Law Enforcer for the whole country. As such, it's his sworn Constitutional duty to uphold the rule of law and see to it that all U.S. laws are enforced.
Yet, he is not enforcing all border, immigration, labor, social security and IRS laws or doing all he can to protect the American people---especially those on the front lines of the illegal-alien invasion into this country from Mexico through California, New Mexico, Arizona and Texas, from where they disperse all around the country to break our laws and prey on our people.
Poor Mexicans looking for work are not the only ones coming across that border. Crime rates and law enforcement costs have gone up in those border states and other locations around the country---due to criminal illegal-alien sex-offenders, pedophiles, murderers, thieves, drugs and people smugglers, MS-13 gangs, and potential terrorists.
The majority of Americans have had enough. We've raised our voices, posted on our blogs, and petitioned our state and national legislators and the President to take corrective action to effectively preserve and protect the rule of law, the sovereignty of the U.S., and the American people. But, like the Texas Republican legislators and the Southwestern Sheriff's Border Coalition, we have been dissed and ignored and our concerns have not been addressed or acted upon.
2,500 National Guard troops or 6,000 new Border Patrol Agents, only 1/3 of which will be on duty in revolving shifts at any given time, is not a drop in the bucket compared to what is needed to secure our borders---and not even that many are required to be in place until sometime in 2008. This is a poor excuse for border security and preventing terrorist acts in this country. And neither Americans, nor their representatives in Congress have voted for open borders---or a North American Union.
What is it going to take, another 9/11 or an al Zarqawi-style operation attacking American citizens and infrastructure on American soil before we can count on our President and Congress to do their jobs? I hope not.
This issue will definitely be a consideration for me when I vote in November. How about you...?
More below and at the link provided below.
"Bush declines to meet with border officials" here
"President Bush has refused to meet with border law-enforcement officials from Texas for a second time. His response to their request came in the form of a letter Monday, angering both lawmakers and sheriffs.
... some Republican members of the House, upset by what they call the administration's seeming lack of concern for border security, are preparing to hold investigative hearings in San Diego and Laredo, Texas, early next month.
Members of the House Subcommittee on International Terrorism and Nonproliferation hope to expose serious security flaws that could potentially lead to terrorist attacks in the country, said Rep. Ted Poe, R-Texas, who is a member of the panel and has pushed for the hearings. "We already have information that people from the Middle East have come through the border from Mexico...
Poe requested the meeting for members of the Southwestern Sheriffs' Border Coalition a group that includes all 26 border-county sheriffs from California, New Mexico, Arizona and Texas. The sheriffs wanted to speak to the president about the increasing dangers in their communities and along the border...
In May, all of the Republican House members from Texas traveled to Washington to meet the president regarding border security. Bush did not meet with them, however, and former White House spokesman Scott McClellan was sent in his stead.
Rick Glancey, spokesman for the sheriffs coalition, said its members are angry and disappointed in the president's response... "It's a slap in the face to the hardworking men and women on the front lines of rural America who every day engage in border-security issues," Glancey said...
The border hearings will expose the truth to the American public and force the administration to take a serious look at the border, said Allan Knapp, Poe's legislative director. Knapp and Poe have traveled twice to the border this year, spending time along barren stretches where they witnessed no security and numerous migrants crossing into the United States, they said.
"We need to expose the lack of border security before it is too late," Poe said. "We're fighting a war on terror in Iraq and we're winning, but we're losing our own border war. These hearings will be a necessary step in the right direction."
Andy Ramirez, chairman of the Chino-based Friends of the Border Patrol, said he has been called to testify before the panel in San Diego. Ramirez said he has turned in two years of Border Patrol documents and memos, which he will discuss before the committee.
"The president has basically pushed his whole administration's agenda toward the war on terror, yet he can't find the time to meet with law-enforcement leaders responsible for border security," Ramirez said. "It is appalling and outrageous that the war on terror and border security does not extend to the U.S. border."