You know that violence that's going on along the border between the U.S. and Mexico? Drug cartels are crossing the border and onto American soil. People are being killed. Remember? It appears our Homeland Security secretary doesn't. Janet Napolitano tried to downplay the drug violence in a recent speech, and at the same time, she turned into "Dirty Harry" by telling drug cartels and illegal immigrants to "don't even think about bringing your violence and tactics across this border." Good one, eh?
As reported by The Hill, in a speech at the University of Texas at El Paso, Napolitano said "the southern U.S. border has never been more secure than in recent years and public officials who argue otherwise do so to 'score political points.'"
"It is inaccurate to state, as too many have, that the border is overrun with violence and out of control," Napolitano said in prepared remarks. "This statement -- often made only to score political points -- is just plain wrong."
"Not only does it ignore all of the statistical evidence, it also belittles the significant progress that effective law enforcement has made to protect this border and the people who live alongside it."
Then, Napolitano issued her Dirty Harry comments by saying:
"Today I say to the cartels: Don't even think about bringing your violence and tactics across this border. You will be met by an overwhelming response. And we're going to continue to work with our partners in Mexico to dismantle and defeat you. And that message extends to anyone considering coming across that border illegally, whether a smuggler, a human trafficker, or an unlawful immigrant seeking work."
The full text of her speech can be found at the DHS web site.
What's amazing is that whether it's health care, stimulus, or the border, the Obama administration just doesn't have a grasp on what's going on in this country. Does anyone believe Napolitano's "get tough" message? Do you think the drug cartels are scared? I know there are a number of Americans who are! Americans should be safe in America... ANYWHERE in America.
The violence is not just isolated to the border towns. A number of cruise lines have altered their routes and taken Mazatlan off their ports of call due to an increase in muggings. According to the report in the Minneapolis Examiner, Acapulco has also seen "kidnappings and murders of tourists in recent months severally impacting its tourist trade."
Napolitano can say what she wants, and the Obama administration can ignore what's going on, but that doesn't change the situation along our southern border. You can't act like Dirty Harry unless you can back it up. You can't say, "Go ahead, make my day," and then go to a staff meeting or shoot some hoops. The drug cartels and illegal immigrant traffickers will only back off when the U.S. gets tough.