The federal government refuses to take any responsibility for solving the border problem. In fact, we know the Obama administration considers the flood of illegal immigrants a feature, not a bug—except for the fact that it’s been so overwhelming in recent months that it’s actually drawn more attention than was planned. The influx was supposed to come in under the radar.
Meanwhile, Rick Perry continues to be the only person doing what he can to stem the tide at the border. About a month ago Perry announced a surge of state law enforcement officials to guard the border, and now the Guard:
Hinojosa did not have details of the effort, but an internal memo from another state official’s office said the governor planned to call about 1,000 Texas National Guard troops to the Rio Grande Valley — at a cost of about $12 million per month.
But neither Perry nor the Guard can change the basics of the situation. They can’t send the newcomers back, they can only apprehend them and hand them over to border guards. That won’t mean that most of the children or families will be going home; we already know that’s highly unlikely. What it does mean is that more drug dealers might be identified and deported rather than slipping through the cracks. And that Texas will be footing the bill.
[ADDENDUM: But you know what? Turns out that Obama still hasn’t done enough for the new arrivals and the illegal immigrants already here. Why, some are even afraid he might deport a few (although I see no evidence that their fears are justified). The most radical—and there are plenty of them—will not rest until fully open borders are achieved.]