I’m not going to get into the insanity on the news today. Or the day before that, or the day before that. It’s been a bad, bloody summer and things show no signs of slowing down; check sites like According to Hoyt, Instapundit, and Ace of Spades HQ if you want commentary and details on how bad it might get.
Instead, I’m going to trumpet a win for sanity.
Last week, a usually quiet part of Alabama told the federal government to stuff it.
Back near the beginning of June, Baldwin County, Alabama noticed some unusual activity on some local unused airfields. The current state of the world being what it is, local cops and officials decided to check it out. Lo and behold, what to their wondering eyes did appear but some inspectors from the federal government. Which our good local citizens found most curious, given these were disused Air Force airfields and nobody’d heard anything about moving anyone military around nearby.
Oh, we’re examining the location to house unaccompanied minors, said the feds.
To which, I imagine the most polite local response was, What.
Check a map of Alabama. Go ahead. Nowhere does it share a border with Mexico. Nope. Does not.
After picking their jaws off the floor, local officials started hammering the federal government for What The Bleep was going on. The feds were… shall we say, less than helpful. I’ll sum up a lot of back and forth.
Baldwin County officials and citizens: You’re moving who deliberately into our county?
Feds: Unaccompanied minors. (Whom they eventually admitted were illegal border-crossers, imagine that.)
Baldwin: There are no facilities there. No water, no housing, no electricity. It’s an empty airfield. It’s two empty airfields.
Feds: Don’t worry about it. Department of Defense funds will cover it.
Baldwin: Department of Defense? The people who are, you know, supposed to be defending the country – as in keeping noncitizens out unless they come in legally? WTH? We don’t have medical facilities to treat several thousand people. Who don’t speak English. We don’t have the money to feed them. We don’t have the money to guard them – they are, you know, criminals. And in case you missed it, this is a hurricane-prone area – remember Katrina? Yeah. You expect us to maintain evacuation plans for several thousand non-English-speaking people, whom you admit are being detained here, and whom we will be legally accountable for if they get away?
Feds: Don’t worry about it.
Baldwin: The hell we won’t.
They made noise. A lot of noise. They contacted their congress-critters. They held a town hall with the feds on the phone, with a lot of very concerned citizens hammering in over and over, We don’t want them here, this is not our problem, we cannot afford this. With no small doses of Who the hell do you think you are?
Last week, it was announced that the Baldwin County airfields are no longer being considered as relocation sites… for this year.
Odds are they’ll be back. This is, after all, a poor area of a poor state, and the federal government apparently thought no one would have the pull to complain and make it stick.
Baldwin County will be waiting.
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