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NYT Is Outraged: TX National Guard Could Make Arrests

From a white-knuckled New York Times:

National Guard in Texas Could Get Arrest Power

By MANNY FERNANDEZ | JULY 24, 2014

HOUSTON — When Gov. Rick Perry of Texas announced plans to deploy 1,000 National Guard troops to help with the border crisis, it came with a power unexpected by some. By deploying them himself rather than through Washington, he has the power to order the troops to make arrests and apprehensions, something Guard troops in past border deployments have been prohibited from doing.

The NYT and the rest of our media need to pick a story and stick to it. They had previously objected to putting the National Guard on the border because ‘that would just be symbolic.’ Since, they said, the Nation Guard wouldn’t have the power to arrest or deport anyone. But now, when it turns out that state National Guard may be granted that power, they are having the vapors.

Immigrant rights advocates and others, including former federal officials involved in previous National Guard mobilizations, said the troops would lack both training and federal oversight, creating a risk of civil rights violations and deadly encounters with immigrants.

Where were these objections when the National Guard was called out for other emergencies, like Hurricane Katrina? Apparently, they are trained enough to deal with US citizens, but dealing with the precious illegal aliens is a different story.

“This does not come from the federal government,” said Jayson P. Ahern, a former Customs and Border Protection acting commissioner who helped coordinate deployment of the National Guard to the border in 2006. “That’s the biggest distinction here. This is the governor taking unilateral action. Not having that oversight and supervision and direction as part of a plan from the federal authorities, I think it is reckless and could lead to significant safety issues.”

Notice how the NYT trusts illegal aliens more than they do the Texas National Guard, when it comes to public safety.

In 2006, President George W. Bush sent 6,000 troops to the four border states where they repaired and built fences and roads, conducted surveillance and took over administrative and logistical duties. In 2010, Mr. Obama deployed 1,200 troops to bolster border security. Troops in those deployments did not have arrest and apprehension powers…

In other words, this article is nothing but a plea to Obama to nationalize the Texas National Guard, to keep them from actually being able to do anything to curtail the current invasion.

Critics worry that the Guard will be ill trained to deal with an immigrant population.

“It’s going to complicate the scenario of civil and human rights at the border,” said Fernando Garcia, executive director of the Border Network for Human Rights. “Border Patrol agents have to go through a number of certifications in academy and post-academy training on immigration law, on civil rights law. Now you’re talking about putting in soldiers doing that kind of work. Legally, it’s going to be a disaster if they start enforcing criminal, civil or immigration laws.” …

When was the last time you ever heard any amnesty advocate praise the training of the Border Patrol?

It remains unclear if Mr. Perry will grant the troops the authority to make apprehensions. General Nichols suggested this week that Guard troops could do so if the governor requested it but that they had no plans to…

So all of this fretting is over something that may not even happen. How typical.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Friday, July 25th, 2014. Comments are currently closed.

2 Responses to “NYT Is Outraged: TX National Guard Could Make Arrests”

  1. Forget about arrests and apprehensions. They’ll just arrest the illegals, dump them into the custody of ICE or DHS and they’ll all get amnesty, free food, free medical care, free legal representation, free transportation to whatever town Obama wants them to be sent, amnesty, a green card, and a federal voter ID soon enough. As a symbol, wonderful… it won’t be so hard for illegals to get arrested. Sometimes they wander around for days looking for border agents so they can turn themselves in, the poor dears… Arrest and detain… Pfffffft. So?

    Give them loaded weapons and a mandate to stop illegal immigration, then we can talk.

  2. Enthalpy

    Mr. Garcia is so torqued about patrol agent certifications, immigration law, and civil rights law. Did he even mention states’ rights? I don’t think so. If the Guard starts enforcing criminal, civil, or immigration law, “it’s going to be a disaster.” But of course, even Barack doesn’t enforce immigration law!




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