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American Opinion: On why sending troops to the border will do little for America

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Excerpts from recent editorials in newspapers in the United States and abroad:

From The Associated Press

On why sending troops to the border will do little for America:

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President Barack Obama ordered 1,200 National Guard troops to the Mexican border May 25, allegedly to help alleviate problems for border states such as Arizona, which is besieged with crime caused by illegal immigrants.

Except that it isn't. Violent crime in Phoenix, for instance, dropped 17 percent last year, more than most large cities in the country, according to the latest FBI statistics. Even a border town like Nogales reports no avalanche of immigration-related crime.

Furthermore, Obama's National Guard edict is little more than political posturing on what has suddenly become a hot-button issue once again. It will do virtually nothing to stem the flow of illegal immigrants into this country.

What's needed is a thorough revamping of our immigration policies to make legal immigration for temporary workers more available and attractive -- both to people wanting to come to this country and businesses that seek to employ them. Also needed is better tracking of those who come here legally so they don't overstay their visas.

Revamping our immigration policy does not mean embracing a universal amnesty policy for the millions of illegal immigrants already here. Nor does it mean building something akin to the Berlin Wall across 2,000 miles of our southern border -- a budget-busting proposition that still wouldn't end illegal immigration.

But formulating a new, sustainable policy will take time, and will inevitably require some changes. ...

Illegal immigration is a problem that requires action. But overheated rhetoric about nonexistent crime spikes and political posturing with the National Guard won't solve it.

-- The Grand Junction (Colo.) Daily Sentinel

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