Lawmakers from U.S. states bordering Mexico say they want a larger National Guard deployment to counter rising drug cartel violence.
U.S. Rep. Ted Poe, R-Texas, has proposed legislation allowing border-state governors to send as many as 10,000 guardsmen to the region, The Washington Post reported Wednesday.
Currently 1,200 guardsmen are deployed at the border, 560 of them in Arizona where lawmakers want a larger force following the Dec. 14 killing of a Border Patrol agent just north of Nogales.
A big issue here is whether the states call up their own troops or whether the federal government orders them to the border and pays them. While they spend billions so the TSA can fondle your wife’s breasts when she flies on an airplane they can’t fund troop deployments to protect the nation’s borders.
At least Murdoc isn’t bitter.
(Incidentally, Murdoc says send Active duty personnel instead of the National Guard.)