A few days ago, law enforcement in Arizona decided to cede 3,500 acres to violent Mexican drug lords telling U.S. citizens to “stay away.”
“We need support from the federal government. It’s their job to secure the border and they haven’t done it,” said Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu. “In fact, President Obama suspended the construction of the fence and it’s just simply outrageous.”
There has also been a demand for 3,000 National Guard soldiers to be deployed to the Mexico/Arizona border. Since it is supposed to be the Federal government’s job to secure the border, I don’t really have a problem with this. Just as long as Posse Comitatus is not violated, which in this case, the Constitution allows the Federal government to defend the border at the border. If the state is unable to purge the drug runners from the 3,500 acres, then, by Act of Congress, the military could be used to purge them from the area. In fact, this could potentially be considered an invasion of the United States by Mexico. It’s a stretch, but how would we be treated if we took over 3,500 acres of Mexico? Probably not so well.
Now I want to be clear on something – I’m all for securing our borders and enforcing immigration laws. However, I can’t say that I agree with SB 1070 as written as it enforces the abuses of RealID, which I am completely against. While I certainly am for Arizona stepping in and exercising the 10th Amendment, SB 1070 is going about it the wrong way.