Governor Wetback Rick and RINO Kay Bailey Hutchinson of Texas are in a dustup about illegal immigration. Each is trying to appear tougher than the other on illegal immigration and border security. http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/32793136/ns/us_news-security Wetback Rick has ostentatiously announced teams of Texas Rangers and Texas National Guardsmen, mystertiously named Counter Drug Forces, have been deployed to the Mexican border. http://governor.state.tx.us/news/press-release/13577/ That in itself is very interesting as there is not to my knowledge a Military Occupational Specialty in "counter drug forces." Perhaps these are military police officers and K-9 teams, perhaps surveillance specialists. It is not described. At the same time Wetback Rick has demanded that Janet Reno Napalitano fund the deployment of 1,000 other Texas Guardsmen on the border, which ain't going to happen and he knows it.
RINO Hutchinson, running for governor in the upcoming against Wetback Rick in theupcoming guvernotorial election, has attacked Wetback Rick for his continuing failure to do anything substantial on the border, deriding the Ranger Recon teams as insufficient. She has also pointed out that no Texas law enforcement agency, including the Department of Public Safety and the Texas Rangers, participate in 287(g), the Federal-State alliance on rooting out illegal immigrants.
While the Texas Rangers are one of this nations permier law enforcement agencies, RINO Hutchinson is correct to say this is insufficient. We don't know how many Rangers are going, but unless they number in the thousands, they will have little or no effect. They will make some good arrests and get a great many convictions, it is just a drop in the bucket. They will concentrate on making good criminal cases, but criminal cases are time consuming and paperwork heavy. Once an arrest is made, that Ranger is tied up for a long time, usually months. He will be responding to pre-trial requests, sitting long hours in court waiting to testify or working with the local DA to tie up loose ends, following up developing leads, waiting for endless negociations between the DA and the suspect's defense attorney, working on pre-trial disclosure, etc. He will be effectively out of action. And this does not take into account the corrup local District Attorney's Office who will be sabatoging his every move and giving out sweetheart deals to the drug lords who contribute to local elections for DA, Sheriff, and Constable. Perhaps this Ranger will present his case in Federal court, but that does not change his long hours of down time. Nor does it take into account the policy of the overworked United States Attorney's Offices to avoid trials, unless they are prosecuting Border Patrol Agents for shooting fleeing drug dealers, and make deals that avoid any real work.
In reality both Wetback Rick and RINO Hutchinson conspired to end the most effective form of border violence control, the double layer border fence. Both decried it as separating communities, as if borders with Mexico do not exist. http://federaleagent86.blogspot.com/2009/07/thanks-kay-bailey-hutchinson.html http://homelandsecuritynewswire.com/single.php?id=8653 http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2007/10/25/national/main3407305.shtml
Hutchinson inserted the language that killed the border fence and allowed DHS to waste the money on the SBINet that still doesn't work. We know that double and triple fencing dramatically slows illegal immigration in the areas it is built, but both Wetback Rick and RINO Hutchinson oppose the most effective solution, both in stopping illegal immigration and cost-effectiveness as well.
Wetback Rick's deployment of Ranger Recon teams will be temporary and expensive. Rangers still have to be paid and they will be getting a per diem and staying in hotels during this deployment. Not cost effective and a short term solution to a long term problem.
In the end it is just boob bait for bubbas, Republican-style, from both of them, who both favor more immigration, both legal and illegal.