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    Texas Members Call on Feds to Secure the Border

    Texas Members Call on Feds to Secure the Border
    Poe Legislation Requires Defense Department to Authorize 10,000 National Guard Troops & Pay for Deployment

    Washington, Sep 29 -

    Today, Congressman Ted Poe (TX-02) was joined by 20 members of Congress to announce the National Guard Border Enforcement Act. This bill will authorize the Secretary of Defense to make 10,000 National Guard troops available upon request from a U.S. Governor. In addition, these troops will be paid for by the federal government and serve under the command of the requesting governor.

    In response to the federal government’s failure to answer the repeated requests of Governor Perry and other border state governors to protect our international borders, the National Guard Border Enforcement Act will ensure that border state governors have the needed resources to protect their citizens from the ongoing border related violence.

    “The first duty of the federal government is to protect its people,

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    Texan wants Guard troops at states' call
    Border governors could get up to 10,000 under GOP measure
    By Jerry Seper
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    8:02 p.m., Sunday, October 3, 2010

    A Texas Republican who steadfastly has prodded the federal government to better secure the U.S.-Mexico border has introduced legislation requiring the Defense Department to make National Guard troops available to states on request.

    Rep. Ted Poe, in response to what he called the federal governments failure to answer the repeated requests of border state governors to protect the nation's international borders, has offered the National Guard Border Enforcement Act to ensure that border states "have the needed resources to protect their citizens from the ongoing border-related violence."

    The bill, endorsed by 20 other Republican members of the House, would authorize the secretary of defense to make 10,000 National Guard troops available on request from a U.S. governor. In addition, the troops would be paid for by the federal government and serve under the command of the requesting governor.

    "The first duty of the federal government is to protect its people," Mr. Poe said. "Texans are tired of the federal governments failure to secure our borders and enforce our laws, yet at the same time running roughshod over state governments when they try to enforce the law and protect their citizens.

    "The federal governments 'not our problem' attitude is unacceptable and this legislation will require the Defense Department to do what they were created to do — protect the people of this country and the dignity of our borders," he said.

    Currently, the Defense Department has allocated only 250 National Guard troops for the entire 1,254-mile Texas-Mexico border and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano has said Texas must pay for any additional troops to enforce existing federal immigration laws along the international border.

    Rep. John Culberson, Texas Republican and one of the bill's co-sponsors, said the federal government is "directly responsible for enforcing existing laws to secure our borders and ensure the safe and legal movement of people, goods and commerce across our borders."

    "Unfortunately, President Obama has failed in this effort, and it is now time for Congress to act," Mr. Culberson said. "There is a war on our southern border, and it is time to put an end to the horrific violence."

    More than 28,000 people have been killed in Mexico's ongoing drug war, which U.S. authorities have said has spilled into the United States.

    In September, the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) posted signs along a major interstate highway in Arizona, warning travelers the area was unsafe because of drug and alien smugglers.

    Pinal County, Ariz., Sheriff Paul Babeu, whose county lies at the center of major drug- and alien-smuggling routes to Phoenix and cities east and west, warned last month that Mexican drug cartels now control some parts of the state.

    "This is going on here in Arizona," he said. "This is 70 to 80 miles from the border — 30 miles from the fifth-largest city in the United States."

    Under the National Guard Border Enforcement Act, troops will be authorized to conduct armed vehicle and foot patrols on the U.S. southern border; interdict vehicles, vessels, aircraft or other, similar activities; search, seize and detain suspects; construct roads, fences and vehicle barriers; conduct search-and-rescue operations; gather intelligence; conduct surveillance and reconnaissance; and rely on aviation support.

    Additionally, the bill would allow the secretary of defense to authorize additional troops should operational control of the U.S. border not be achieved with the first 10,000 National Guard troops deployed.

    Mr. Poe, a former state judge and prosecutor, has been a longtime advocate of increased border security. Recently, he warned during a speech on the House floor that Americans were being targeted inside the United States, including fisherman on Falcon Lake in Zapata County, Texas, one of the best bass-fishing spots in the United States. The lake is part of the international boundary between Texas and Mexico.

    "That piece of paradise has been intruded on this month by the lawlessness seeping over from the Mexican border," he said, noting that in two separate incidents, U.S. fishermen were robbed at gunpoint on the lake by Mexican pirates, who held AR-15 rifles to their heads.

    On Thursday, a McAllen, Texas, man was fatally shot after being ambushed by six Mexican pirates in two boats on Falcon Lake. Zapata County Sheriff Sigifredo Gonzalez identified the victim as David Michael Hartley, 30, who was riding with his wife on personal watercraft on the lake.

    Sheriff Gonzalez told reporters that Mr. Hartley's wife tried circling back to pull him from the water, but she was forced to retreat after being fired at by the gunmen.

    "What are these pirates doing on Falcon Lake?" asked Mr. Poe. "Are they moving drugs or people or worse across the water? We don't know. In the 1800s, Thomas Jefferson sent the Navy to protect Americans from pirates in the Mediterranean. This administration is blissfully silent about the pirates on Falcon Lake.

    "Meanwhile, the border war continues," he said. "And that's just the way it is."

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    This sounds good to me!! I will find out where my congressmens signature is!!
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    notice that 7 names on there are not Texans.
    that shows you alot of people in congress continue to slowly wake up. even though some of those listed are big supporters of stopping illegal immigration already.

    unfortunately. Hoekstra and Shadegg are retiring at the end of the year.
    Lets hope whoever wins those seats also supports stopping illegal immigration and securing the border as well


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    I herd on Tv that the repubs will pass the dream act for more border protection??????????????????????? I SAY NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO

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    Good luck with getting this passed

    Of course 10k troops is a good start , it will take more to get it done though

    They need to have full police powers to detain , question and arrest , also to repel

    The really bad part is that the constitution demands this action and it would not be a violation of posse comitatus
    The bad part is no stinkin obama is going to do it.

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    The answer lays in aboloshing the Feds control of immigration and turning that aspect over to our military as is done in all other countries that I am aware of. Second. making new laws authorizing all political subdivision law enforcement agencys full power to enforce any and all aspects of our immigration laws and to reimburse them for all expenses incurred in such enforcement. The military would also have responsibility for detention centers. The only thing left would be the state department ability to award and grant foreigners access to come into the U.S. on visas and to process applications and approve or deny citizenship request. And finally, for congress to abolish the birth right citizenship of babies born on U.S. soil of non-U.S. citizens unless one of the parents is a U.S.citizen and provides proof of u.S. citizenship.
    "Where is our democracy if the federal government can break the laws written and enacted by our congress on behalf of the people?"

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    Quote Originally Posted by PatriotAZGUY
    The answer lays in aboloshing the Feds control of immigration and turning that aspect over to our military as is done in all other countries that I am aware of. Second. making new laws authorizing all political subdivision law enforcement agencys full power to enforce any and all aspects of our immigration laws and to reimburse them for all expenses incurred in such enforcement. The military would also have responsibility for detention centers. The only thing left would be the state department ability to award and grant foreigners access to come into the U.S. on visas and to process applications and approve or deny citizenship request. And finally, for congress to abolish the birth right citizenship of babies born on U.S. soil of non-U.S. citizens unless one of the parents is a U.S.citizen and provides proof of u.S. citizenship.
    ditto

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    Related Post from CNS NEWS

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