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It's funny how a campaign speech that was planned months ago will stir the emotions of a select few. The local republican chair said ""What he's doing there at the border is campaigning and taunting, and that's not the kind of leadership that gets things done." That may be true but I don't see any leadership on his side of the aisle. I saw where some have criticized the president for making a campaign stop in Texas because FEMA did not authorize every single penny the governor wanted. All the president can do in Texas, is solicit campaign funds because Texas's electoral votes will all go for the republican candidate. Others have criticized the comment about the alligator moat. When you put the whole statement in context; it's not that bad. The president said" They wanted a fence but now they want a higher fence..."All the stuff they asked for, we've done ... I suspect there will be those who will try to move the goalposts one more time. ... Maybe they'll say we need a moat. Or alligators in the moat ... They'll never be satisfied ... But that's politics."

Discretionary spending on border security was up 55 percent between 2007 and 2011, even accounting for a small proposed cut in 2011. Last year we had fewer illegal border crossings, and that removals were also up. It's not clear how many of the fewer illegal border crossings had to do with the economy or the fact that 20,000 new border agents were hired...

http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/article/2011/may/10/border-and-sometimes-over-line/

For the “attrition only" folks, stats, facts, and compromise gets in the way.

President Obama is just emphasizing what he said in the 2008 campaigns but hasn't got around to doing.He hasn't really tried to come up with a reasonable and comprehensible immigration plan and he is taking some heat for it, from latino groups. It's been all about enforcing. I think he will make it a priority after the 2012 elections. The El Paso speech is just campaign talk, because the president doesn't have one single republican who will sit down and talk about a comprehensive plan. That is why I won't discuss a comprehensive plan on this site. I don't want to hear the regurgitated talking points that only serve as a sounding board for one point of view. It would just be the same posters and the same comments that have been recycled for years. I'll wait until after the election when a draft of a comprehensive reform package will be submitted. The president, can by executive order, do some things that will start the ball rolling but not with the 112th Congress...One thing is certain.no president,no political party can do this alone...ask president George W.Bush.

Every time someone talks about militarizing the southern border; it reminds me of the old Bugs bunny and Elmer Fudd cartoon.... I can see Elmer Fudd at the border with his trusty shotgun in the ready and Bugs Bunny( 12 million illegal immigrats) looking over Elmer's shoulder saying" what's up Doc?"..... 'Attrition only' will not work and the GOP has yet to come up with a plan to deport 12 million people.

If border security were an issue the southern border would have been sealed on Sept. 12,2001 even thou one of the hijackers came in from Canada and another would be terrorist came from that same country.We have 2000 miles of an unsecured northern border;why would terrorist find it easier to use the southern border which is manned by 20,000 new border gaurds, ariel drones, and other sophisticated surveillance equipment?

I did not know that the six largest cities in Ohio all have higher rates of violence and crime than every major city along the U. S. -Mexico border...It doesn't matter much because I would still visit the six largest cities in Ohio but I am still afraid to step foot in Mexico.