Illegal Immigration Watch: California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger Denies President Bush’s National Guard RequestPosted by Flap in Illegal Immigration
California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger (L) looks over a photo locator guide with Darryl Griffen, Chief of the San Diego Sector, U.S. Customs and Border Protection during an aerial tour of the border between San Diego and Mexico June 21, 2006, in advance of the anticipated arrival of National Guard troops on June 15 at the border.
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger this week rejected a request from the Bush administration to send an additional 1,500 National Guard troops to the Mexican border, the governor’s office confirmed Friday.
The National Guard Bureau, an arm of the Pentagon, asked for the troops to help with the border-patrol mission in New Mexico and Arizona, but Schwarzenegger said the request would stretch the California Guard too thin in case of an emergency or natural disaster.
Schwarzenegger spokesman Adam Mendelsohn confirmed the governor’s decision Friday after two California National Guard officials revealed it to The Associated Press.
Mendelsohn said the governor believed sending more troops would create an inappropriate burden on the state and disrupt the guard’s training schedule.
The overall deployment for the border mission will remain at 6,000 soldiers.
This sounds like an excuse for the Governor who is running all around the state pandering for Hispanic votes, but visitng the National Guard troops at the border and then criticizing the Congress or the President or anyone not the great Governator for illegal immigration problems.
California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, center, and Pico Rivera mayor Pete Ramirez, right, pose for a photo, as he campaigns Saturday, June 10, 2006, in Pico Rivera, Calif. Schwarzenegger is campaigning in several California cities after he won the Republican nomination for governor on Tuesday. Man on the left is unidentified.
Arnold has an incoherent policy on illegal immigration.
Come on Arnoldâ€¦..tell us what you plan?
You veto driver’s licenses for illegal aliens but want to include healthcare fiunds for illegal alien children in your budget.
Arnold, what is your policy?
Is your policy to get you re-elected?
On June 1, Schwarzenegger agreed to send the California National Guard to the Mexican border to help the federal government’s effort to curb illegal immigration. That ended a 17-day standoff with the Bush administration over whether the state would join the border patrol effort and who would pay for it.
California has committed to putting 1,000 troops on the border by July 31 and has 250 there already.
Schwarzenegger initially criticized the administration’s plan to deploy troops to the border, saying it was the wrong approach to dealing with illegal immigration.
The governor finally relented after the Pentagon signed a document promising to pay for the entire mission, a cost that could top $1.4 billion nationally.
Schwarzenegger also wanted the Bush administration to commit to a firm end date. It did not, but Schwarzenegger signed an executive order saying he would not authorize the deployment beyond the end of 2008.
***Flap to Arnold – SECURE THE BORDER – SEND THE NATIONAL GUARD***
Arnold, you have been insulting conservative GOP voters with your flip flops on illegal immigration and other issues. It is increasingly hard for any conservative to vote for you this November even if it means California Democrat Treasurer Phil Angelides wins. At least you will know where he stands on the issues.
Good Grief, Arnold, are you this stupid?
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