For Immediate Release
Monday, May 15, 2006
Contact: Rep. Peter Sullivan
State Rep. Peter Sullivan released the following statement in response to President Bush's remarks on Monday evening:
"The President's pledge to work with local law enforcement to provide better training and resources is a welcome development, as is his call for an earned path to citizenship. This aspect of his remarks recognizes the enforcement problem while acknowledging the need to accept and assimilate new members of the American family.
"Unfortunately, the Administration's proposal to deploy the National Guard along the border amounts to government by gimmickry. The Guard is already strained by deployments in Afghanistan and Iraq. The last thing that we need is the introduction of a training distractor of enormous proportions.
"In addition, the militarization of the border is a diplomatic step in the wrong direction. In an increasingly interconnected world, an armed southern border sends an ill-conceived message to the nations of Latin America, nations that have the potential to be important political allies and economic partners in the coming decades".