Tuesday, May 25, 2010


We are deploying thousands of Nat'l Guard to the Arizona Coyote Corridors.  

On the issue of added assets and emphasis on our border protection, great.  On the selection of military personnel as the instrument of providing this protection, not so much.

Immigration enforcement is a unique in law enforcement.  It requires observational, self-defense and language skills different from virtually any other discipline in law enforcement.  Basically the enforcement is directed against the arrestee because of the space he's occupying rather than the act he's committing.  The subjects who are illegally entering the country have little to lose and the ones who are committing crimes ancillary to the immigration (such as drug-running) are likely be dangerous, not only to enforcement types but to fellow-travelling illegals to  

Sending Guardsmen to do this work will have serious, sad and unintended consequences.

Anybody who doubts that need only read Joseph Wambaugh's last and final work of non-fiction "Lines and Shadows."  People who police the immigration trails without the specialized skills are not only ineffective but suffer profound personal harm from the experience..

This is poorly thought out.


At 5:49 AM, May 27, 2010, Anonymous QC Examiner said...

The good news, at least for you, is that Obama isn't sending the Guard to the border to deal with illegals, he's sending them to fight the vicious Mexican drug cartels.

Feel better now?

At 7:49 AM, May 27, 2010, Blogger UMRBlog said...

Not one bit.

The guys in "Lines and Shadows" were only there to fight Criminal Activity as defined in the California code (Murder, Assault, Drug Crimes). It is the environment in which they worked that screwed virtually all of them up. And those guys, with all due respect, were far better trained and experienced in crime-fighting than the Guard.

Our country either wants to guard its borders or it doesn't. If you need more people, train and pay for more INS/ICE Officers.


At 11:20 AM, May 27, 2010, Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's really interesting to me that the military is the one government institution that we seem to trust as a nation, especially when you consider that the authors of the constitution were inherently fearful of large standing armies. These days everyone wants the army to solve every problem.

At 1:28 PM, May 27, 2010, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'll try again,how do you propose to QUICKLY solve this problem?


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