How angry should we be over the lies about the border that the Obama administration sold to the public? It was easy to swallow the half-truths and outright fabrications that summed up border policy until the administration got caught with its pants down by a bunch of illegal kids.
With hopes for amnesty fading there is no good reason for the Obama administration to continue pandering to conservatives with promises of a border control policy that will finally, once and for all, secure our southwest boundary with Mexico. Instead, we are going to go back to what the president’s party has wanted all along, legalization with the most feeble of nods to border control.
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.