Wednesday, June 8


The "Los Angeles Times," in a convoluted editorial published today pointing to a Justice Department sting operation that has netted thus far twenty-two (22) alleged bribe-takers among the National Guard, U.S. Border Patrol, prison guards, and Air Force personnel (and with purportedly plenty more arrests to follow), concludes with the following:

The drug war and the clampdown on immigration from Mexico are a volatile combination. Would-be immigrants might pay thousands of dollars to smugglers who promise, often falsely, to see them safely across Arizona deserts. The smugglers increase their take by muling drugs as well, putting migrants in greater physical and legal danger.

On the U.S. side, the military, the Department of Homeland Security and the DEA all take a piece of the enforcement job, sometimes with poor coordination. New and temporary personnel are thrown into difficult, uncomfortable and dangerous work.

The Arizona bribery sting is commendable, even if it shatters a few U.S. illusions. It also ought to raise some radical questions about the enforcement and results of our border policies.
Now I've read this editorial and its concluding paragraphs several times and I cannot divine what the editorial writer is trying to say to us, although I suspect, given the L.A. Times' left-of-Left slant, that it favors open borders, rather than tougher border security. Regardless, this convoluted piece misses the mark if the editorial writer thinks for one minute that illusions have been shattered. The president, the Congress, and the Department of Homeland Security are not doing their obligatory jobs in securing our borders and ensuring that this country's immigration laws are being adhered to.

Since the "L.A. Times" doesn't tell us in this editorial what it means by the "results of our border policies," it's hard to fathom exactly what the newspaper is driving at. And its reference to tightening border security is off the mark, because no such thing is happening except for the intervention in April in the so-called Tucson Corridor of the citizen-volunteer Minutemen organization -- an organization the newspaper is resolutely against. Clampdown? What clampdown?

Fact is, the U.S. Border patrol is under-funded and under-staffed and I would think, while it doesn't make it right whatsoever, that government employees assigned to dealing with the illegal immigration problem must be sorely tempted to take bribes since they know they're working on behalf of an Administration that could care less about the real problem and is more interested in legislating amnesty for 10 million - 20 million illegal aliens, than enforcing deportation proceedings. The president knows the situation along our contiguous border with Mexico is horrendous, that American property owners are being overrun and threatened, but he doesn't act. He's just stonewalling the American people, who, more and more, are moving border security and immigration reform to the top of their priorities' list.

Bribes are bad and bribe-takers should be prosecuted. But what about elected public officials who fail to preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States?