12:38 pm May 26, 2010, by jgalloway
Immigration reform appears to have the same political dynamics as a tax cut.
The competition always demands something a little bit larger.
You know about President Barack Obama’s plan to send as many as 1,200 National Guard troops back to the U.S.-Mexico border to battle illegal immigration and drug smuggling.
This morning, U.S. Sens. Johnny Isakson and Saxby Chambliss announced they would co-sponsor an amendment to a supplemental spending bill to fund 6,000 National Guard troops for the Southwest.
Obama’s opening bid of 1,200 is too paltry in light of escalating violence, the pair say.
“The defense of our nation begins with securing our borders,” said Isakson, up for re-election this year. “It is time for Congress to demonstrate a strong commitment to border security. It is the only way we will be able to combat illegal immigration, drug and alien smuggling and violent activity along the Southwest border.”
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