Securing the Border With Smart-Aleck Semantics

Securing the Border With Smart-Aleck Semantics

May
11th, 2011

The Washington Times

President Obama made a run for the border yesterday to shore up his
credentials on the immigration issue. Speaking from Chamizal National Memorial
in El Paso, Mr. Obama defended his strategy as if it were working. “They’ll
never be satisfied,” he said, lashing out at critics. “The truth is, the
measures we’ve put in place are getting results.”

The Obama administration has cooked up a novel way to calculate what a great
job his Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano has been doing in stemming
the flow of aliens flooding over the border from Mexico. In March, Ms.
Napolitano stood on a bridge connecting El Paso to Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, and
proclaimed border security to be “better than ever.” In testimony before the
Senate Homeland Security Committee last week, Ms. Napolitano claimed that the
meaning of “operational control” of the border is “archaic” and that she intends
to devise a “more quantitative and qualitative way to reflect what actually is
occurring at the border.” She said she wants an index that would include a
measure of how many persons have been deterred from even attempting to jump the
border.

By counting these theoretical illegals – as opposed to real ones – Ms.
Napolitano’s border-security mission becomes much easier. While hundreds of
thousands actually cross over annually, compared to, say, Mexico’s entire
population of 112 million, they represent a tiny fraction. Preventing border
crossing in a computer model or a spreadsheet allows Ms. Napolitano to proclaim
“mission accomplished” without having to actually crack down in a way that would
offend left-wing open-border advocacy groups.

Ms. Napolitano’s attempt to redefine what it means to secure the U.S. border
is a brilliant example of double-speak worthy of “Big Sis.” Real numbers are far
less forgiving. In February, the Government Accountability Office reported that
the Border Patrol has only 873 miles of the 2,000-mile southern border subject
to “operational control.” The term means simply that the Border Patrol has the
capacity to deter illegal crossers and pursue them when they’re spotted. The
remaining length is mostly open for free passage. In remote regions of Arizona,
cartels have established observation posts providing intelligence to ensure safe
border transit for drug couriers.

Mr. Obama and his economic advisers do deserve some credit for discouraging
illegals from crossing the southern border.

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Everything Obama Said About the Border Was a Lie

Everything Obama Said About the Border Was a Lie

May
11th, 2011

Sen. Jim DeMint, R-SC, NRO

President Obama’s immigration speech in El Paso today is a poor substitute
for the real border security the country still desperately needs. And it was a
transparent attempt to keep using illegal immigration as a campaign issue, as
President Obama made no attempt to solve this problem during the two years his
party held huge majorities in both houses of Congress. His own administration
has not done its job to finish the border fence that is a critical part of
keeping Americans safe and stopping illegal immigration.

Rather than holding immigration summits at the White House with special
interests and making speeches, President Obama should direct the members of his
administration tasked with homeland security and patrolling the border to enact
measures that have already been made law by Congress.

Five
years ago, legislation was passed to build a 700-mile double-layer border fence
along the southwest border
. This is a promise that has not been kept.

Today, according to staff at the Department of Homeland Security, just 5
percent of the double-layer fencing is complete, only 36.3 miles.

The Government Accountability Office (GAO), Congress’s investigative arm,
reported in early 2009 that only 32 miles of double-layer fencing had been
built. That means under President Obama, only 4.3 miles of double layer fencing
has been built. This is woefully inadequate.

While the border-fence construction lags, Mexican cartels continue to smuggle
drugs, weapons, and illegal aliens into our country, attracting violent
crime.

The United
States Attorney’s Annual Statistical Report for Fiscal Year 2009
stated that
“violence along the border of the United States and Mexico has increased
dramatically in recent years.” Citing a National Drug Intelligence Center
report, it continued, “Mexican drug trafficking organizations represent the
greatest organized crime threat to the United States and the influence of
Mexican drug trafficking organizations over domestic drug trafficking is
unrivaled.”

Last month, officials
in Brownsville, Texas, found a homemade, improvised explosive device
on
Highway 77 that resembled the bombs used against U.S. troops in the Middle East
and by Mexican drug cartels.

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Cartoon of the Day: Man Bites Dog, Down is Up, Napolitano Protects Borders

Supporting open borders is supporting sweat shops in the US

Supporting open borders is supporting sweat shops in the US

Tom Carsley

We all know part of the immigration debate is that the illegals work for below the regular wage rate. What the people who defend illegal immigration are saying is how important this is to the economy. How important it is that they do the work Americans “won’t” do (which is misleading at best).What these supporters are really saying is that it is OK to have sweatshops in the United States. That it is OK to have groups of 10 to 20 people living in substandard conditions. That here in America we need to have people locked up in rooms at sewing machines for 12 to 16 hours a day with no breaks for the restroom or food. They are supporting cargo containers coming in filled with people to be used as indentured labor and forced prostitution.

No wonder these groups supporting illegal immigration are aligned with communist and radical groups. People have no value to them. These groups have no real interest in the conditions of the illegal workers; they simply want their cut of the money. No one on either side seems to even acknowledge what’s truly going on.

I refuse to accept the argument that we need this kind of labor going on in America just so rich people and corrupted corporations don’t have to pay so much for shoes and vegetables, or so they don’t have to push lawnmowers or dig holes. Which also means a loss of both streams of tax revenue and income, God knows the government loves that tax flow.

Not only does this belittle the American people, it turns the illegals into something regarded as less than human.

When I hear these people saying that we need illegal immigration, I see the America I love swirling around in a filthy toilet on the way to the sewer. That is my true visualization of this sector of labor activity going on inside my own country. It is bad enough that so much of what we have is made in sweatshops in other countries, then to be ok with it inside of our own borders? No, I for one am not ok with that at all.

Legalizing the illegals we have now will only lead to an influx of new illegals to fill positions left behind those able to leave the cruddy jobs.

Americas’ law enforcement needs to enforce the laws. Stop catering to the Mexican government and others. Stop helping Mexico with their greed and inability/unwillingness to provide for their own people, yet have no trouble of doing so at our expense. Go after businesses that hire illegals.

Legalizing the illegals we have now will only lead to an influx of new illegals to fill positions left behind those able to leave the cruddy jobs.

Stop catering to the Mexican government and others. Stop helping them with their greed and inability to provide for their own people at our expense. Go after businesses that hire illegals.

Tom Carsley