Your definition may vary.
While seemingly the rest of Texas was going up in flames, the President was in El Paso today talking up a BwD favorite; yep, comprehensive immigration reform.
President Obama said Tuesday he has "gone above and beyond" Republican demands on border security and said those on the other side of the aisle should come to the table on comprehensive immigration reform.
In a major speech in El Paso, Texas, the president stepped headlong into the immigration fight, urging the audience to pressure Congress to take action despite seemingly long odds that such major legislation will pass heading into a presidential election year.
Making a case for comprehensive reform and passage of the Dream Act, Obama mocked Republicans who say they will not support reform until the borders are secured.
"Maybe they'll say we need a moat," Obama said. "Or alligators in the moat. They'll never be satisfied, and I understand that. That's politics."
His name is Barack and he'll be here for at least another year and half.
We gotta hand it to the President, though. A man has to have a set the size of grapefruits to talk the way he does, sometimes. To hear him say it, it sounds like all is well down here along our southern border. Sure, he can take credit for an additional 20,000 border patrol agents (who apparently are sleeping on the job instead of rounding up illegals) and increasing drone
Currently, according to the GAO, we have control over a grand total of 129 miles of the 1,900+ miles of border we have in common with Mexico. 129 of 1,900+ miles.
And dig this current travel alert from the State Department.
Violence along Mexican roads and highways is a particular concern in the northern border region. As a result, effective July 15, 2010, the U.S. Mission in Mexico imposed restrictions on U.S. government employees' travel. U.S. government employees and their families are not permitted to drive from the U.S.-Mexico border to or from the interior of Mexico or Central America. Travel by vehicle is permitted between Hermosillo and Nogales.(italics, ours)
And then there is the small matter of Project Gunrunner or Fast and Furious, a brilliant Justice Department plan whereby we would let guns purchased here in the States to "walk" back across the border and into the hands of Mexican drug cartels so that we could better identify who the bad guys are and for which that miserable hack that runs the Justice Department has yet to come anywhere close to answering.
Taking in all the above comprehensively, does it look like we have a solid hand on border control?
Who are you gonna believe, him or your lying eyes?
Doesn't look like we are anywhere close to sitting down at the table to discuss comprehensive immigration reform. Chalk this up to another bad faith effort by the ruling class to try to dupe the rest of us into doing so.