IMMIGRATION & POSSE COMITATUS

Mon, 15 May 2006 19:31:16

Every twenty years or so there’s hysteria about immigration and it’s equally hypocritical every time. Our economy has always needed immigrant labor and despite inflammatory rhetoric from xenophobes these migrants workers don’t use many government services. The illegals are afraid to do so. Besides we were *all* immigrants at one point: my paternal grandfather came from Greece in 1908 and I was raised to think of immigrants as an asset not a liability. And both my grandfather and father were ardent Republicans but they were Dewey/Eisenhower/Rockefeller style moderate Repubs, which is a nearly extinct species outside the Northeast.

On to President Beavis’ latest weirdo policy initiative: using National Guard troops at the border to keep the Meskins out. (Jeez now I sound like Joe Bob Briggs.) It’s a joke: the Guard is NOT the President’s private army. Right now the Guard is preposterously over-stretched because of W’s endless wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. They should NOT be further misused just because the Repubs are neck deep in shit and sinking fast.

Besides a President CANNOT use the National Guard within our borders without the approval of the Governors of the impacted states. The Governors of Texas and Arizona are willing to go along but the Governors of New Mexico and California are not. The concept is called Posse Comitatus and it’s a limitation on Federal power that was passed after Reconstruction. But in spite of its dubious origins it looks better and better all the time. One of the few things that Governor Meemaw did right post-K was to refuse to allow Bush to federalize the Louisiana National Guard. It was high time that someone told him NO. His parents obviously never did…

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