Napoleontano Has To Go
Rep. Ted Poe: DHS Won’t Send More Troops to Border
Texas Republican Rep. Ted Poe says the Department of Homeland Security has rebuffed calls for the additional U.S. troops that are needed to stem the escalating violence along the Mexican border.
“Over a year ago, Texas Governor Rick Perry asked Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano for a thousand troops at the border to help with the increasing violence and to prevent the drug cartels from entering the United States. The governor has asked for more Predator drones for increased surveillance. He was trying to head off this escalation of violence that has occurred recently.
“The help he requested has never come, and the governor's request for more troops and drones at the border has been ignored for over a year.
“In response to the murders of these Americans, Governor Perry again asked for help. He asked for surveillance planes and a thousand fresh troops at the Texas border with Mexico to help stem the violence. Secretary Napolitano said she would ‘look at’ the request, but she thinks there's already enough troops on the border.
“So Governor Perry has decided he can't wait around on the federal government, even though it's the federal government's responsibility to secure our borders. He's ordered Texas National Guard helicopters to the border to support law enforcement that is on the border already.
They're trying to fight the border violence spillover into the United States . . .
Secretary Napolitano asserted on March 29 that the U.S. has made “significant progress” in securing the border.