Washington's wanton negligence

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The U.S. government is treating the southern border of this country like it were I-20 from Augusta to Atlanta: just another highway. Let the traffic go on. Just stop and ticket someone every now and then.

The difference, of course, is that the U.S.-Mexican border is exponentially more dangerous -- and it's supposed to be a checkpoint, a barrier to prevent illegal activity and to protect the sovereignty of the United States.

Yet, drug smuggling and illegal alien smuggling go on with the aid of rapid-fire weapons in the hands of the cartels, and the slothful-yet-active neglect of our supposed leaders in Washington.

What we are seeing is nothing short of wanton negligence on the part of Washington -- one of the most egregious, actionable and reckless standards of conduct under the law. Case law describes wanton negligence as, "Actions which show utter disregard for safety of others who might reasonably be expected to be injured thereby."

That neatly sums up Washington's approach to border security.

Every man or woman elected to office in our nation's capital knows, or should know, that their most sacred duty is to protect and defend the United States of America. Yet, they also know, or should know, that they are not getting the job done on our southern border.

Actually, the negligence is shared in large part by the national media -- who, once the pro-amnesty contest between Barack Obama and John McCain was set last summer, never again brought up the border issue in any meaningful way.

Well, it has a nasty habit of bringing up itself -- in violent ways.

The national media are much more transfixed on Michael Jackson's drug-induced death, but the fact is that a U.S. Border Patrol agent was attacked and killed July 23 in the wild frontier Washington has set up on the border.

Robert Rosas Jr., 30, a husband and father of two young children, was killed while defending you.

His funeral is today.

More accurately, Officer Rosas was executed in southeastern San Diego County after tracking a suspicious border-crossing group and being ambushed. He was shot in the head and abdomen multiple times at close range.

The national media might have been able to see this coming, were it not for their condescending dismissal toward the Minutemen, ordinary American patriots who have volunteered the last few years to bring fresh eyes and public awareness to the country's border problems.

Authorities have rounded up a whole handful of suspects in Rosas' murder -- and it would not surprise if one or more had been deported in the past.

Some 12,800 people have been killed in border violence since late 2006, according to Reuters.

"Last year," says the news agency, "Border Patrol agent Luis Aguilar was intentionally run over and killed by a smuggler in a drug-packed Hummer in Arizona.

"In (the) Tucson sector alone in the first 10 months of fiscal 2009 there have been 171 assaults on Border Patrol agents."

Despite all this, Washington had to be dragged kicking and screaming to agree to build a border fence -- and we question the Obama administration's commitment to finishing it.

We also question our leaders' commitment to the agents protecting us.

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carcraft
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carcraft 07/31/09 - 04:28 am
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Defense of our nation is one

Defense of our nation is one clear constitutional area yet we spend billions on education and medical treatment for those here illegally while our nation goes bankrupt. Part of California's big gudget problem is illegals.

opiner
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opiner 07/31/09 - 05:03 am
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Bush started the open border

Bush started the open border policy during his third year and went so far as to punish border agents for doing their job. In an effort to win the illegal alien vote, both Obama and McCane declared there would be no change in the border policy. Aren't we proud.

concernednative
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concernednative 07/31/09 - 05:30 am
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I am a democrat but this is

I am a democrat but this is an area I really disagree with my party on. I hoped from 2000-2006 the republicans would have fixed this. However, they decided they would rather try to skim a few votes off the dems. So you have the dems scared to touch it with a ten foot poll because they get the majority of the hispanic vote and the repubs scared to touch it because they need the minority of the vote to win. So we willl bankrupt I country particularly communities with a large illegal population. Maybe financial pressure will make them do the right thing. It is amazing how politics and the hope of power can make both parties do the WRONG thing. I mean it is amazing these are the people sworn to uphold the constitution and our laws.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 07/31/09 - 06:24 am
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Note to editor: "every"

Note to editor: "every" requires singular verbs and singular pronouns. You got the verb part right, but missed with the pronoun in the following sentence. "Every man or woman elected to office in our nation's capital knows, or should know, that their most sacred duty is to protect and defend the United States of America."

Riverman1
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Riverman1 07/31/09 - 06:28 am
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Like the Minutemen seem to

Like the Minutemen seem to have done recently, I give up on the border. Bush did little, Obama does nothing. Even our own state and local governments hire illegals. Liberals criticise anyone who brings the matter up. Forget it all. Maybe they will be happy to only take California back.

southernguy08
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southernguy08 07/31/09 - 07:19 am
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OPINER, is this the same Bush
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OPINER, is this the same Bush that commuted the sentence of 2 border patrol agents convicted of a federal crime and got them out of prison early? As for trying to woo the Hispanic vote, during the campaign, Odumba was asked if English should be made the USA's official language. He carefully sidestepped the question and answered, "These are the kind of questions meant to divide us...not unite us!" Now he's our CIC. What a guy.

dashiel
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dashiel 07/31/09 - 08:21 am
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Good luck with that,

Good luck with that, Riverman1. Maybe the Chronicle should install some grammar radar software. It could alert them whenever they are getting too close to the murky, shark-infested waters of a verb's mood or mode. Too bad such software doesn't exist, but thank heaven for readers who still cherish English as a first language!

bdittle
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bdittle 07/31/09 - 08:22 am
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Hmmm, I driven from Mexico to

Hmmm, I driven from Mexico to USA 3 times in my life. 2 of those times, I have had my car completely searched. The other time, the border patrol officer gave me and my car a good look. I believe it is a bit of an exaggeration to say its like going down I-20. Now my Canadian crossings have gone a lot smoother. Let's build a wall on the northern boarder!!!

mad_max
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mad_max 07/31/09 - 09:08 am
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If you think we have an

If you think we have an illegal alien problem now, just wait until the Democrat's healthcare bill GUARANTEES all of Mexico, the rest of South America, and Canada free healthcare if they can get across the border. Don't laugh. It's happening now and will only get worse after this bill is passed.

bdittle
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bdittle 07/31/09 - 09:50 am
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Mad, please point me to any

Mad, please point me to any of the healthcare proposals that guarantee that. Really, a link to your scary accusations would be nice. Otherwise, I chalk this up to fear-mongering.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 07/31/09 - 10:37 am
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Parkland Hospital in Dallas

Parkland Hospital in Dallas is where JFK was taken after he was shot. 70% of their deliveries are by mothers who are illegal, nonpaying aliens. Before their deliveries, they visit one of the nine prenatal clinics at the hospital for free if they say they don't have money. If they have money, they pay 10 bucks a visit and 100 bucks for the delivery. None are turned away. And we wonder why state governments are going bankrupt.

imdstuf
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imdstuf 07/31/09 - 11:00 am
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Well that is many miles of

Well that is many miles of border to cover. To realistically cover it all would take our entire armed forces.

mgroothand
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mgroothand 07/31/09 - 11:03 am
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Intentionally not enforcing

Intentionally not enforcing federal laws dealing with illegal aliens is simply called dereliction of duty and can/should be prosecuted.

mgroothand
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mgroothand 07/31/09 - 11:34 am
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imdstuf is somewhat prone to

imdstuf is somewhat prone to exaguration, how are we going to fit the US Navy on the Rio Grande? Other than some helicopters the US Airforce would be useless etc. etc. Two batallions of US Army Rangers with permission to use deadly force if necessary will fit the bill nicely.

southernguy08
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southernguy08 07/31/09 - 12:11 pm
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How about we finish the wall
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How about we finish the wall we started, put listening devices underground to hear those digging under it, and give the border patrol the manpower and resources needed to do the job? This can be done, if we have a government with the stones to do it! Good luck with this bunch of spineless jellyfish! And MGROOT, good post. Unless the oath has changed since I was in, you swear to protect this country from all enemies, foreign and domestic. What is happening to our southern border is nothing less than a foreign invasion.

_fullmetaljacket_
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_fullmetaljacket_ 07/31/09 - 12:25 pm
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not quite im. would take but

not quite im. would take but a few with electtronic surevellience and a will to stop it!

_fullmetaljacket_
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_fullmetaljacket_ 07/31/09 - 03:50 pm
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Guess IM is still reading

Guess IM is still reading HR3200.

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