- The Washington Times - Thursday, July 22, 2010

The state of Arizona is completely within its rights to protect itself from foreign interlopers. It is the American way to step into the shoes of a fallen or absent leader. Sadly, the half-way measure of defending the border by deploying National Guard units is nothing more than a short-term fix with long-term hazards to the families and employers of the guardsmen in question (“Obama lawsuit invites fortified state militia,” Commentary, Monday).

If President Obama were a pro-active leader, he would have initiated a long-term “surge” of 10,000 U.S. Border Patrol agents - and offered those jobs to America’s ever-growing pool of unemployed veterans with combat arms experience. If it is the White House’s intention to create some federal jobs, then it ought to do that while protecting our national sovereignty, not while enlarging the federal agencies inside the Beltway.

America doesn’t need “comprehensive immigration reform.” What we need is the single-minded enforcement of already-existing federal laws by our attorney general, Department of Justice and Department of Homeland Security.

K.J. DOLNEY

Columbia, S.C.