3.13.2006

Napolitano's Hand

Chip Scutari of the Arizona Republic writes:
Trying to get the upper hand on the brewing battle over border security, Democratic Gov. Janet Napolitano Wednesday issued an executive order to expand the National Guard's presence at the state's border with Mexico to combat undocumented immigration.

Napolitano said a measure the Legislature is expected to pass Wednesday violates the state Constitution by usurping her authority to command the National Guard. Republican leaders say if she vetoes the measure, she will violate her promise to beef up border security.

"There is one commander in chief, not 90," Napolitano told reporters Wednesday. "The Legislature is about to send me a bill which they know is unconstitutional because it mandates use of the guard. I've issued an executive order for the guard to be on the border."