« Top Headline Comments 12-6-11 | Main | DOOM: Road to nowhere »
December 06, 2011

National Guard at U.S. Border Are Getting Results . . . Which Are Used As An Excuse to Withdraw Them

In 2006 and again in 2008, in response to increased violence and drug- and people-trafficking along the U.S.-Mexico border, President Bush sent 6,000 National Guard troops to supplement the Border Patrol. It worked. Violence is raging in Mexico, but it dropped dramatically on our side of the fence. And border-crossing is at an all time low.*

Of course, the Washington Post's William Booth doesn't see cause and effect here. He sees an opportunity to return the border to the same state it was in pre-Guard deployment:

Though there has been a spectacular surge in gruesome killings in Mexico, where more than 43,000 have died in drug violence since late 2006, there is little evidence of spillover into the United States.

The National Guard is working the border at a time when arrests of illegal crossers have fallen to historic lows and the number of Border Patrol agents has soared.

There are now 18,152 Border Patrol agents stationed along the southwestern border, up from 9,100 in 2001. Apprehensions of illegal crossers have fallen by two-thirds, from a high of 1.6 million in 2000 to 447,731 last year. This year’s tally is expected to be lower still, reaching levels not seen since the early 1970s.

Note the mathematics sleight-of-hand. Instead of a more reasonable, and informative, comparison of Border Patrol agents since 2006 or 2008, when the National Guard had to be called in because of out-of-control violence, WaPo stretches all the way back to cite the pre-9/11, pre-REAL ID Act numbers. This is unpardonably deceptive. It's advocacy, not journalism.

Buried in the article is a note that the members of congress from the states in questions and the Obama Administration all want to continue the Guard deployment and will likely do so into 2012. Unlike Booth, they can see success when it's staring them in the face.

*This can't be solely linked to the National Guard presence. We're seeing net negative migration in alien populations for the past two years, largely owing to the economy.


digg this
posted by Gabriel Malor at 07:26 AM

| Access Comments




Recent Comments
Concerned People's Front : "My comment seems rather slanted! ..."

Bruce: "The owner said she went back in the kitchen and hu ..."

Skip : "Hope Krak is on time ..."

NaCly Dog[/i][/b][/s]: "Forgot My Nic Ah. The population that is delud ..."

Skip : "I'd love to show up with a MAGA hat make a lot of ..."

Concerned People's Front : "[i]And what we are seeing is that Republicans and ..."

Forgot My Nic [/i]: " The owner said she went back in the kitchen an ..."

NaCly Dog[/i][/b][/s]: "Kreplach The police have the data. They know w ..."

Skip : "Just started the coffee, it will be awhile. Ma ..."

NaCly Dog[/i][/b][/s]: "Kreplach Argentina is a cautionary tale about g ..."

Kreplach: "@745 The crazy thing is we know what the end ga ..."

NaCly Dog[/i][/b][/s]: "Skip, how about a "Mad Scene" where by you yell, ..."

Recent Entries
Search


MuNuvians
Polls! Polls! Polls!
Frequently Asked Questions
The (Almost) Complete Paul Anka Integrity Kick
Top Top Tens
Greatest Hitjobs

The Ace of Spades HQ Sex-for-Money Skankathon
A D&D Guide to the Democratic Candidates
Margaret Cho: Just Not Funny
More Margaret Cho Abuse
Margaret Cho: Still Not Funny
Iraqi Prisoner Claims He Was Raped... By Woman
Wonkette Announces "Morning Zoo" Format
John Kerry's "Plan" Causes Surrender of Moqtada al-Sadr's Militia
World Muslim Leaders Apologize for Nick Berg's Beheading
Michael Moore Goes on Lunchtime Manhattan Death-Spree
Milestone: Oliver Willis Posts 400th "Fake News Article" Referencing Britney Spears
Liberal Economists Rue a "New Decade of Greed"
Artificial Insouciance: Maureen Dowd's Word Processor Revolts Against Her Numbing Imbecility
Intelligence Officials Eye Blogs for Tips
They Done Found Us Out, Cletus: Intrepid Internet Detective Figures Out Our Master Plan
Shock: Josh Marshall Almost Mentions Sarin Discovery in Iraq
Leather-Clad Biker Freaks Terrorize Australian Town
When Clinton Was President, Torture Was Cool
What Wonkette Means When She Explains What Tina Brown Means
Wonkette's Stand-Up Act
Wankette HQ Gay-Rumors Du Jour
Here's What's Bugging Me: Goose and Slider
My Own Micah Wright Style Confession of Dishonesty
Outraged "Conservatives" React to the FMA
An On-Line Impression of Dennis Miller Having Sex with a Kodiak Bear
The Story the Rightwing Media Refuses to Report!
Our Lunch with David "Glengarry Glen Ross" Mamet
The House of Love: Paul Krugman
A Michael Moore Mystery (TM)
The Dowd-O-Matic!
Liberal Consistency and Other Myths
Kepler's Laws of Liberal Media Bias
John Kerry-- The Splunge! Candidate
"Divisive" Politics & "Attacks on Patriotism" (very long)
The Donkey ("The Raven" parody)
News/Chat
Archives
Powered by
Movable Type 2.64