Shall 6,000 National Guardsmen be sent to the
On May 27, 2010, the Senate voted on whether to consider Sen. McCain’s
amendment 4214 to HR 4899, adding $250 million to finance the deployment of
National Guardsmen to the Mexican border, and reducing by $250 million the
funding of the Stimulus act. The motion was defeated, 51-46 (3/5 required,
rather than a simple majority).
Pro: (in favor of sending the National Guard) Sen. McCain
Con: (against sending the National Guard) Sen. Schumer
|"During Operation Jump Start, the National
Guard was deployed to the southwest border and provided logistical
support, conducted surveillance, and built and repaired critical
infrastructure. Until DHS has the technology and infrastructure in place
to fully secure the border, at least 6,000 National Guard must be
deployed to assist the Border Patrol in stopping the illegal
immigration, drug smugglers, and human traffickers flowing across the
border. . . . We have shown in San Diego, in Texas, even in the Yuma
sector of Arizona that we can secure our border, but we need manpower,
surveillance, and fences. We can do it. We have an obligation to our
citizens to secure our border and allow them to lead lives where they do
not live in fear of home invasions, of property being destroyed, where
well-armed, well-equipped drug smugglers, as well as human smugglers,
operate with--if not with impunity, certainly with great latitude."
"it takes the money out of the stimulus bill. Well, there
is a border problem in Texas and Arizona that affects all of us, and we
want to solve it. The President and we are working to do that. But we
have a jobs problem in this country, too, and this is the worst kind of
robbing Peter to pay Paul. The stimulus money will go to creating jobs.
If we ask the people in, say, Michigan or Ohio or Rhode Island or New
York what is the No. 1 issue? Jobs. This money is being taken away from
job creation and used, as I say, in a not effective, overmagnified way.
It is too much money to stop what is going on at the border."
- For the full debate, go to: Link to May 27, S4422, 4474
- How Did Your Senators Vote?
Roll Call #165 on Congressional Record page S4479