Rick Perry's "Operation Strong Candidate"
With Texas governor Rick Perry's recent announcement that he's sending National Guard troops to the border, campaign season has begun. Is it just a coincidence that he was in Iowa when this news started to break?
Yes, there is an immigration problem and an impotent Congress has been unable to get any meaningful immigration legislation passed. Governor Perry has apparently decided to begin his campaign on the backs of the poor people crossing the desert. All you have to do is watch his announcement to see Perry play acting at being president. Presto! Foreign policy cred.
It sounds strong and effective to order National Guard troops to the border, but these troops are not authorized to detain people crossing the border illegally-- and local sheriffs have called instead for more police enforcement, not military muscle. Enjoy the new-and-improved bespectacled Rick Perry, and be sure to check out the story behind the cartoon.