Governor Doug Ducey talks to reporters, April 9, 2018, at the Papago Park Military Reservation in Phoenix about sending National Guard troops to the U.S.-Mexico border.

Elvia Diaz: Sending troops to the border may be great optics for the Arizona governor's re-election bid. But that's all it is.


Applaud Gov. Doug Ducey’s quick move to deploy Arizona’s National Guard to help secure the Mexican border if you want. But it means nothing. 

The Republican governor sent 338 soldiers this week, saying they are “highly trained, experienced and professional service unit. Their efforts will help make Arizona and our country more secure.”

Don't fool yourselves. This is simply a chance to snap a picture for Ducey’s re-election bid. 

Trump tweets, so now we need troops?

The Mexican border has always been plagued with human and drug traffickers. And the United States has the right and responsibility to secure it.

But what changed to trigger this recent crisis? A presidential tweet about a few hundred Central Americans traveling in a caravan through Mexico.

That's it, folks. 

Trump and some of the border governors are sending their "highly trained" service men and women to protect the border from these hungry and unarmed migrants.

Why this deployment is so offensive

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This deployment is so offensive on many levels. Trump, Ducey and the other governors are insulting our intelligence. Are we to believe the border patrol is incapable of halting a few hundred folks traveling together?

Are we to believe a few hundred National Guard members will stop all human and drug trafficking? Are we to believe the highly armed border patrolmen are so inept that they can’t do the job?

It's just great optics to re-energize immigration hardliners in this year’s midterm election. Former presidents have done the same trick when they needed to distract the public's attention. Democrat Barack Obama did it. Republican George W. Bush did it.

So, go ahead, Gov. Ducey. Hurry and take your picture with the National Guard, and stop insulting our intelligence.

Elvia Díaz is an editorial columnist for The Republic and azcentral. Reach her at 602-444-8606 or Follow her on Twitter, @elviadiaz1.


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