Monday, June 20, 2011

Obama extends National Guard border deployment

by Jim Kouri
In a sudden turnaround, the White House informed members of the House Subcommittee on Border and Maritime Security, Obama Administration has decided to extend the deployment of National Guard personnel along the Southwest border for three additional months. 
On April 1, U.S. Rep. Peter T. King (R-NY), Chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security, and Rep. Candice Miller (R-MI), Chairman of the Subcommittee on Border and Maritime Security, had sent a letter to President Obama calling for an extension of troops to continue support of the U.S. Border Patrol agents. 

"The Obama Administration's extension of the National Guard deployment is a step in the right direction.  I appreciate that the Administration took our request seriously. But we need to see more and bigger steps in this direction," said Rep. King, who has been highly critical of the administration's actions to protect U.S. borders and sovereignty. 

"Given the very serious problems to be addressed along the Southwest border, this short three-month extension of a small number of troops is at best a half measure.  The Obama Administration must make securing the border a top priority," King added.

Some believe Obama's extension may be linked to the recent critical reports of the Administration's use of questionable questionable immigration statistics and the brewing scandal over the ATF's Operation Fast and Furious, a/k/a Operation Gunrunner.

"The more people hear about President Obama's border and immigration policies, they more they become agitated over the lack of seriousness displayed in upholding federal laws and protecting Americans," said political strategist Mike Baker.    

"The decision to extend the National Guard's presence along the Southwest border is the right one.  They serve as valuable force multipliers for our security operations on the Southwest border and assist Border Patrol Agents with weapons and drugs interdiction and curbing illegal border crossings," Rep. Miller stated in the letter to the President. 

"However, I am concerned that the short duration of the extension does not send the message to the drug cartels that we are serious about securing our border long-term.  Short–term fixes are not an adequate substitute for a well-thought out plan to secure the border.  I continue to call on the President to provide Congress with a comprehensive plan to secure the border," said Miller. 

"Our nation needs a clear roadmap to finally secure our borders, which is why I introduced legislation that directs the Secretary of DHS to develop a strategy for securing the borders within five years," Miller added.

Jim Kouri, CPP, formerly Fifth Vice-President, is currently a Board Member of the National Association of Chiefs of Police, an editor for, and he's a columnist for  In addition, he's a blogger for the Cheyenne, Wyoming Fox News Radio affiliate KGAB ( Kouri also serves as political advisor for Emmy and Golden Globe winning actor Michael Moriarty. 

He's former chief at a New York City housing project in Washington Heights nicknamed "Crack City" by reporters covering the drug war in the 1980s. In addition, he served as director of public safety at a New Jersey university and director of security for several major organizations.  He's also served on the National Drug Task Force and trained police and security officers throughout the country.   Kouri writes for many police and security magazines including Chief of Police, Police Times, The Narc Officer and others. He's a news writer and columnist for AmericanDaily.Com, MensNewsDaily.Com, MichNews.Com, and he's syndicated by AXcessNews.Com.   Kouri appears regularly as on-air commentator for over 100 TV and radio news and talk shows including Fox News Channel, Oprah, McLaughlin Report, CNN Headline News, MTV, etc.