WASHINGTON (CNN) -- President Bush will order fewer than 10,000 National Guard troops to the U.S.-Mexico border to support Border Patrol agents in stopping illegal immigration, a senior administration official said Monday.
This is not a solution, this is just political grandstanding in an effort to shore up support within his crumbling base.
As has been noted before, only by addressing the base cause of illegal immigration, can we hope to stem the tide.
As long as the US pays better, and companies are willing to hire them, illegals will come into the US.
Bush is in a difficult spot. His corporate supporters want the depressed wages and relaxed workplace restrictions that an illegal work force create. His social issues base don't want people who are not like them in their neighborhood (but they do love the economic benefits of the illegal work force). He has to find a way to look like he is doing something to keep them out (and making is social issues base happy), while making sure that his corporate supporters still have access to the cheap and scared workforce that they love to have in place.
So, we will spend BILLIONS, and build fences, and send in the guard, and talk a good game, while making sure that the real source of the problem is never addressed, and the situation is never really resolved. (But those corporations selected to assist in the effort will get very rich)
A typical Bush administration stunt.