The Obama administration claims to have a very high deportation rate of illegal aliens, but it’s hard to believe that when all they seem to do is to come up with reasons not to deport them, including the president’s executive decision last month.
Last December, the Obama administration announced their plans to use unmanned border entry points in an effort to cut costs. In another cost cutting effort back in December, Obama ordered more than half of the National Guard troops helping to man the U.S.-Mexico border to return home. The reduction was so drastic that it reduced the number of guard troops in California from 264 to a mere 14.
In what seems to be another move in the wrong direction, the Obama administration has announced plans to shut down 9 Border Patrol stations in 4 states – Texas (6 stations), California (1 station), Montana (1 station) and Idaho (1 station). The logic behind the closures is to shut down stations further north of the border and re-assign Border Patrol agents to busier stations along the border. Some of the stations being closed are in places like the Texas panhandle and Riverside, California which is just west of Los Angeles.
Two of the stations being closed in Texas – Lubbock and Amarillo – have accounted for 638 captures of illegal aliens so far this year. By closing down these stations, it provides an open pathway for drug cartels, illegals and human traffickers to follow, once they have successfully made it past the stations along the border.
According to U.S. Customs and Border Protection spokesperson Bill Brooks:
“These deactivations are consistent with the strategic goal of securing America’s borders, and our objective of increasing and sustaining the certainty of arrest of those trying to enter our country illegally. By redeploying and reallocating resources at or near the border, CBP will maximize the effectiveness of its enforcement mandate and align our investments with our mission.”
However, some members of Congress, local officials and Border Patrol agents believe that this is a very bad idea and that it will leave inland areas virtually unprotected. Congressman Ted Poe (R-TX) told Fox News:
“We need more resources on the border. We need more Border Patrol, we need the National Guard, we need local law enforcement, but we also need interior enforcement, because when the drug cartels, the coyotes and the human traffickers get across the border, there ought to be some mechanism, to have a second line of defense to capture them…We need a balanced approach, we need both. It’s unwise just to put all the resources on the border.”
One of the local officials is Potter County Sheriff Brian Thomas who said that his county up in the Texas panhandle is a major corridor for illegal aliens and losing the Border Patrol agents in the area will be a big detriment. Thomas told Fox News:
“It could impact us tremendously, since we’ve only got two agents up here now for 26 counties.”
“I can’t hold a carload of people out there on I-40 for eight hours while somebody comes from El Paso. I mean, that’s just crazy.”
If the Obama administration wants to cut spending, and they really do, it doesn’t need to be in areas that affect our national security such as the Border Patrol. Our borders, especially the 2,000 miles of border we share with Mexico, need to be protected and beefed up, but we also need more border patrol agents through the interior of the country to help arrest and deport the thousands of illegals that managed to get past the border security.
If the Obama family stopped taking so many vacations all over the world, that savings alone would be enough to keep these 9 border patrol stations open and manned. In the first three years in office, the Obama’s took 16 vacations. The price tag on many of them reached between $400,000 to $500,000. According to Megyn Kelly of Fox News, the closings of the 9 Border Patrol stations will be a savings of about $1.3 million dollars a year. Eliminating 3 Obama vacations a year would more cover the costs to keep these stations open, and that would still leave the executive family 2 vacations a year which is a lot more than most Americans can afford to take. It seems the Obama’s think it’s more important to take the family, extended family and friends, along with Secret Service and all kinds of personal assistants to places like Spain and Africa, than they do about spending the same amount of money on trivial things like national security and protecting our borders.
I say it’s time Barack Obama starts putting the security of the United States ahead of his exorbitant lifestyle and the vacations they take at taxpayer expense. He needs to concentrate on the job at hand now. After all, he’ll have plenty of time for vacations after the November election.