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Cutting border security: Another Obama misfire

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Monday, Dec. 19, 2011

The Obama administration puts up quite a fight when one of its priorities -- crony capitalism "investments," Big Labor initiatives -- is threatened. But an existing program that's made a difference in national security• That's a different matter.

The White House says National Guard troops, assigned to beef up security along the 2,000-mile U.S.-Mexico border, will be cut by at least half next year and the remainder will be reassigned, Republican Rep. Duncan Hunter tells The Washington Times. The administration blames budget cuts.

That's a pathetically lame excuse when the 1,200 guard troops deployed in 2010 have demonstrated their effectiveness.

Homeland Security officials report that since the arrival of the National Guard, border arrests have dropped considerably, from 447,731 in fiscal year 2010 to 327,577 in 2011.

Mr. Hunter says that in his home state of California, the assigned guard troops would drop from 264 to 14.

By curbing the number of illegals entering the U.S. at the border, the National Guard initiative reduces the myriad problems and costs associated with illegals who, once in the U.S., get arrested, face prosecution and have to be deported. Gutting the National Guard deployment makes no sense.

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