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Wednesday June 22, 2011

Arizona Sheriff Says Securing the Border is About Safety and Is Not a Race Issue

Arizona Sheriff Says Securing the Border is About Safety and Is Not a Race Issue

Photo: Sheriff Babeu (left) with another controversial law man Sheriff Arpaio (righ)

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An Arizona sheriff has claimed that the Obama administration’s decision to keep the 1,200 U.S. National Guard troops at that U.S.-Mexico is “pandering”, as the number is not nearly enough.

Sheriff Paul Babeu is accusing the current administration of falling short of the number actually needed to secure the country’s border with Mexico.

He pointed out that 28,500 U.S. troops are currently stationed in South Korea to defend it against aggression from North Korea.

“What are we doing?” Babeu told CNSNews. “We need 6,000 armed soldiers on our border to protect America. Homeland Security starts at home.”

On June 19, as Sheriff of Pinal County in southern Arizona, Babeu was named the 201 National Sheriff of the Year by the National Sheriff’s Association.

Babeu went so far as to say that President Obama has made securing the border a race issue, while he claims it is really about immigration law enforcement.

“It’s not about race, color or national origin,” Babeu said. “It’s about enforcing the law, Mr. President. That’s our job.”