I’m listening to John McCain, sounding like the racist guy from 12 Angry Men on the floor of the Senate, arguing for sending 6,000 troops to the US-Mexico border, because “those people” are coming over and causing bedlam. And Barack Obama, apparently, agrees with Ol’ Man McCain, at least 1/5 of the way.

The government will deploy 1,200 National Guard troops to the U.S.-Mexico border to help quell violence there, an Arizona lawmaker said Tuesday.

Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.), who represents a district in the southern part of the state, said that President Barack Obama will announce the deployment along with $500 million be included in legislation for extra border security and law enforcement.

“The White House is doing the right thing,” Giffords said in a statement. “The fulfillment of my request is a clear sign that this administration is beginning to take border security seriously.”

Well that’s just great. Nothing like reacting to false stories about crime at the border by catering to those telling the tales.

This won’t help pass immigration reform, in all likelihood – as much as Republicans like McCain say that they won’t do anything until “the border is secure,” they will dismiss all efforts to secure the border and find some other excuse if that doesn’t work. This is just a swallowing of right-wing frames about the problems with our immigration system (hint: the problem is the broken system for LEGAL immigration).

David Dayen

David Dayen