About two weeks ago the New York Times published an article claiming that the Arizona – Mexico border was the safest it’s been in years and that illegal border crossings had dramatically decreased. They cited all of the beefed up security measures and equipment including miles of 18 foot high fencing, increased patrols of Blackhawk helicopters, agents, drones, night vision, infrared vision, etc.
Then last week, 4 US senators, two Republicans and two Democrats, toured the border in Nogales, Arizona. That section of border is the most heavily protected in the state, yet while the senators were walking along the border, a Mexican woman scaled the 18 foot tall fence and hopped down on to US soil. She was immediately arrested and detained and I offered up the possibility that she was paid to help demonstrate to the senators just how on top of everything the agents on hand were.
After reading the New York Times report, I raised concerns about the degree of border security based upon the recent border tour by Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer and the reports from some of the ranchers who live along the border. Brewer said she saw drug cartels poised ready to cross the border into Arizona. The ranchers report crossings on a daily basis.
Now, as if to rebut the NY Times report, at least one unnamed Border Patrol agent has the courage to tell the real story. That agent told Townhall, under conditions of anonymity, that the number of illegal border crossings have doubled, not decreased. The agent said:
“We’ve seen the number of illegal aliens double, maybe even triple since amnesty talk started happening. A lot of these people, although not the majority, are criminals or aggravated felons. This is a direct danger to our communities.”
The Townhall report went on to say:
“Data obtained by Townhall and reported within CBP from February 5 through March 1, 2013 shows 504 illegal aliens were spotted exploiting the Tucson/Nogales area, 189 were caught on CBP intelligence cameras. Of those 504, only 174 were apprehended and 32 of the 189 on camera were carrying large drug load packs for Mexican cartels. Some were armed with AK-47 style weapons.”
Now realize that these are only a few locations that were monitored. Arizona shares approximately 370 miles of border with Mexico. If just a few locations identified over 500 illegal crossings, a number of them carrying drugs, how many times 500 are really crossing in less than a month?
With furloughs of Border Patrol agents on the horizon, there will be even less security along the border, which means even more people will illegally cross into the country. If we grounded Air Force One and Air Force Two and kept the Obama and Biden families in Washington to do their jobs, we would have more than enough money to fully secure our southern border with Mexico.
According to the Border Patrol agent, one of the driving forces for such an increase in illegal crossings is the promise of amnesty and a road to citizenship. The only road they are deserving of is a road to jail or a road back to their country.
Mexico does nothing to stop the flow of illegals as I don’t believe they want to stop them. Therefore, this is my proposal on how to deal with illegal crossings:
- Everyone caught crossing into the US illegally will be arrested and detained.
- Once the country of origin has been determined, those individuals will be immediately returned to their country of origin.
- The US bills the country of origin for all expenses incurred from arrest, detention, investigation and transportation home.
- If the person committed any additional crime other than illegal entry in the country, they are arrested, tried and if convicted, sentenced to prison. Upon release from prison, they are returned to country of origin along with a bill for all expenses incurred, including the costs of keeping them in prison for their secondary crimes.
- The second time a person is caught illegally crossing the border, it results in a mandatory 10 years in prison without probation or parole.
- Implement third strike rule for anyone caught illegally crossing the border a third time. This would result in a life sentence without the possibility of probation or parole.
I’m not against immigration. I am against allowing people to get away with violating the laws of our nation. If people want to come to the US to better their lives, then let them do it legally like everyone else. Giving them amnesty for violating federal law is an insult to the millions of immigrants that have come to the US legally.
What do you say to a family who took years to get their immigration papers approved and then find out that their teenage daughter was not approved? They had no choice but leave her with relatives who lived in a country and city where attacking and raping white girls was almost as commonplace as walking your dog. It took them another couple of years to finally get their daughter into the US via the legal process. How are families like this supposed to see the fairness in giving millions of illegals a way to citizenship without holding them accountable for their law-breaking actions. What kind of the message does that send to the rest of the world?