January 10, 2012

Across the country, citizens now scratch their heads and wring their hands wondering what it takes to get Washington’s attention focused on the U.S.-Mexico border. During this election cycle, border security has received some attention, but not what it deserves.

The violence continues, the middle class is fleeing Mexico, and evidence mounts that criminal organizations are increasingly active and influential in the United States. Time has proved that boots on the ground provide a powerful deterrent, and, similar to the surge of troops in Iraq, it can change the dynamics of the situation markedly.

Is that the policy we are now pursuing, as troops return from Iraq? No. National Guard troops are being pulled from the border this month. Although ‘aerial assets’ will be employed, fewer than 300 troops will be stationed along the U.S.-Mexico border, compared to 1200 in 2010.

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