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Schwarzenegger Apologizes for Border Comment

The National Ledger | April 21 2005

Comment: Schwarzenegger wasn't even supporting closing the border in the first place.

Schwarzenegger's method of closing the borders is to support Bush's guest worker program, which is blanket amnesty. It just makes all the illegals legal. This is akin to the police saying they've found a way to eliminate murder in the United legalizing murder.

California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger was quite clear on Tuesday when he told a group of newspaper publishers that the United States needs to "close the borders." He was referring of course to the United States-Mexican border, and was quoted as saying, "Close the borders in California and all across Mexico and in the United States. Because I think it is just unfair to have all those people coming across, have the borders open the way it is, and have this kind of lax situation."

He had more to say on Wednesday and it went something like, "I'm sorry, I didn't mean it."

The AP notes that Gov. Schwarzenegger was taking quite a bit of heat from Hispanic lawmaker in California and he backed down quickly, blaming his command of the English language.

"Yesterday was a total screw-up in the words I used," the Republican said at a news conference. "Because instead of closing, I meant securing. I think maybe my English, I need to go back to school and study a little bit."

While it would be easy to pile on Gov. Schwarzenegger and slam him for backing down so quickly, it would be great if high profile government officials like Schwarzenegger would commit to at least "secure" the borders.

I assumed that's what he meant when he stated that.

No one expects the border between the United States and Mexico to be closed, just secure it from illegal immigration, drug trafficking and take away that portal for terrorists.

Our homeland security depends on it.