With the blatant inaction of the federal government to assist Arizona with her growing illegal immigration and Mexican crime infestation, Governor Jan Brewer and other state lawmakers enacted into law several initiatives designed to assist law enforcement in combating these issues. Subsequently, the federal government filed lawsuits challenging Arizona’s rights to enforce these laws, and in effect the government chose to hinder Arizona’s efforts rather than perform their constitutional duties to secure her borders.
Since state militias are under the direct command of the Governor, I wrote to several prominent names involved in what has become a border war to suggest that Arizona modify her constitution in order to allow for an Arizona State Guard. Governor Brewer could then deploy that militia to the border herself, aiding law enforcement and border patrol in their quest. The following are the suggestion I submitted to the Sheriff of Pinal County, Arizona, and the responses I received.
(My suggestion, submitted to Sheriff Babeu on October 28, 2010):
Name: Doug Boude
You are an icon to the U.S. and her clear-thinking citizens, and your work, courage, and tenacity are very much admired. Though I’m sure someone else must have explored the idea already, I would like to share a suggestion with you that perhaps you can see through to its realization. I am a citizen of the great state of Texas where we, too, have border issues akin to those Arizona suffers. Texas though, unlike Arizona, has within the Governor’s authority, a state militia that has no connection whatsoever with the federal government, that could be deployed to Texas’ border in order to enforce security. In my research, it appears that Arizona has no such state militia, but I’m confident that if it DID, those desiring to enlist would form a line miles long. If Governor Brewer had an Arizona State Guard under her command, I believe that not only would Arizona’s borders be truly secure but also her citizens, her sovereignty, and her dignity restored. Despite the federal government’s obvious attempts to keep Arizona an open door to crime and trafficking, a state militia would be untouchable by any court and your mission could be accomplished.
On a side note, our current governor Rick Perry, for reasons unknown, has elected NOT to deploy our forces to our borders to enforce security. I’m hoping to get Kathe Glass into his office next week, who has promised that she would immediately deploy our state troops.
Thank you for your time and consideration. Keep up the good work and the good PR as well. You and Arizona are in my prayers.
Sincerely, Doug Boude (rhymes with ‘loud’) :0)
(Response I received from the Pinal County Sheriff’s department, November 9th, 2010):
I just wanted to say thank you for your email and support! Although I agree with your comments and appreciate your advice, due to the overwhelming response from citizens from around our great nation to lend assistance to Arizona, I had our Chief Deputy Steve Henry put together a letter to explain where we stand. Please read the attached letter. Again, thank you for your support.
(Content of the attached letter received November 9th, 2010):
PCSO Response to Citizen Offers of Assistance
With the recent national attention brought about by the signing of Arizona S.B. 1070 into law, the recent shooting of a Pinal County Sheriff’s Office Deputy and the spate of national media attention focusing on the serious illegal alien situation in Pinal County, our office has been literally flooded with offers of assistance from citizens around the state and the nation.
The Sheriff’s Office is appreciative of the offers which have come from so many patriotic and concerned citizens who are willing to come to Pinal County Arizona at their own expense and put themselves at our disposal to assist in enforcement and apprehension efforts.
The Pinal County Sheriff’s Office has no authority to restrict or prohibit any citizen in their freedom to travel to Arizona, nor do we desire to do so. That said, we are not in a position to accept such offers due to a variety of reasons.
The Sheriff’s Office is involved in a number of cooperative interdiction and enforcement efforts with local, state and federal agencies with the goal of gaining and maintaining control of the known smuggling corridors within Pinal County.
The self-insertion of well-meaning, non-uniformed, citizens into this area would potentially expose those citizens to potential extreme hazard from contact with bad actors. In addition, the presence of well-meaning citizens in the area of operation would raise the potential of a ‘friendly fire’ or a mistaken encounter with friendly forces scenario, in which enforcement personnel assigned to the area may not recognize a patriotic citizen in a volatile or high-stress situation.
The Sheriff’s Office appreciates that so many supportive Americans are willing to sacrifice of their safety, their funds and of their time to stop this criminal activity, yet we must clearly state that we can not accept any of these offers to assist in our developing efforts.
If there were to be a change in status or some other unforeseen circumstance, we know that many citizens stand ready, willing and able to respond to a call to rally and assist.
Our Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu has been an outspoken leader on this issue. A few months ago, Sheriff Babeu stood with 10 local Police Chiefs and Senator McCain in calling on President Obama to immediately deploy 3,000 soldiers to secure our Arizona border. The President announced the deployment of only 1,200 soldiers and there is still no action. We must deploy armed soldiers, build the double barrier fence and end catch and release.
Once again, thank you for your patriotism.
Pinal County Sheriffs Office