If we really wanted security along our Southwest border with Mexico the job would be finished. How could we have accomplished such an enormous task during the years spent arguing about border security? Razor wire fences and sharpshooters? Armed drones? Mines?
Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano announced last month that our “southwest border is “open for business,”1 continuing the border security doublespeak that DHS has been dishing up on Barack Obama’s watch. News reports questioning whether Border Patrol policy is to arrest illegals raise questions about enforcement, and how DHS evaluates border security.
When bureaucrats commit to a cause, it can be difficult or impossible to reverse their course, even with overwhelming evidence that their actions will result in failure. When the person in charge of a project has a headline-worthy title, the refusal to acknowledge defeat can stretch out interminably, and the delay in halting useless spending can cost us lots of money.
There has been too much agenda-laden discussion lately over whether the threat of spillover violence from Mexico to our border states is real, or a right-wing fabrication. The Obama administration’s curious strategy supports Mexico’s efforts to quash cartels while providing minimalist funding for our own border security, and abuses the legal arena to prevent states from protecting themselves.