Editorial: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Says Sending Troops to Border “Reactive, Political Move”

mexico-border-signBy Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

PITTSBURGH — President Barack Obama’s decision to send 1,200 National Guard troops to bolster security along the porous U.S.-Mexico border should be seen for what it is — not a long-term solution but a reactive, political move that solves nothing over the long haul.

The context is the recently passed anti-illegal alien bill in Arizona, which unwisely thrust local police into a role for which most are not trained: helping enforce federal immigration law. As Gov. Jan Brewer said, her signing of the new law “clearly ignited the talk of action in Washington for the people of Arizona and other border states.”

Yes, but this action is all about the wrong sort of talk — to wit, answering the talk of the demagogues with a political sop. And in doing so, it further reduces the chances of a real conversation in Congress that looks beyond enforcement as the only solution and comprehensively addresses immigration reform in all its facets.

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