Politics: US borders: US citizens will patrol Canadian & Mexican borders, seek to thwart illegals tide
No doubt about it, Prez Bush's great blindspot, but also that of the Congress, is the national-security and economic exploitation resulting from unstanched inflow of illegals into the US, which negatively affects those going thru all the steps for legal immigration. More than that, as a supporter of Bush's longterm plan to surface present illegals from Mexico and normalize their lives by legalizing their employment, collection of taxes, establishing legal identification that would permit formerly-illegal entrants to gain a legit driver's license - but with a requirement that they return to their country of origin after five years (if I recall correctly), so that should they choose to do so, they may join the normal immigration process, or remain in their home country: I can not understand why Bush can't see that the forceful stoppage of the hemoraging of questionables along with the unfortunates and the simply adventuresome is supremely in the national interest of the USA.
Chris Simcox, a newspaper publisher in Arizona, has monitored the actual scene locally and along the whole Mexican border, then acquiring more skill with the overall picture, has included the Canadian border situation in his purview to come to an alternative architectonic and geostrategic analysis of the full implications of this illegal immigration. Jerry Seper reports in The Washington Times:
Chris Simcox ... said volunteers from throughout the country who are "concerned that the U.S. government must be made to act and take control of our borders" are signing up in record numbers for the new monthlong patrols set to begin Oct. 1.
"We want a secure U.S. border and an end to the blatant disregard of the rule of law regarding illegal immigration," Mr. Simcox said. "Nearly four years after the September 11 attacks on America, we should be doing a better job of securing our borders.
"Our government is more concerned with securing the borders of foreign lands than securing the borders of the United States," he said.
Along the Canadian border, come October 1 it seems, the Minuteman Civil Defense Corps of volunteers, will be monitoring in Maine and Vermont, in Michigan, Minnesota, and North Dakota, and in Idaho and the state of Washington.
Along the Mexican border, the border states of California, Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas will engage the attention of these Minutemen.
These determinations to develop and proceed an earlier one-month experiment of Border Watch in April now come hot on the heels of the London Bombings and a decision of the US Congress not to keep its word regarding a beefed-up paid-for official strict policing of the borderline. The volunteer Minutemen "will observe and report to the U.S. Border Patrol, but not detain, those attempting to illegally cross into the United States, he said."
Arizona, more than 850 volunteers stood watch near Naco to reduce the flow of illegal aliens in one of the nation's most-traveled immigration corridors. Their goal was to show that increased manpower on the border would effectively deter illegal immigration.
During the 30-day vigil, the number of apprehensions by Border Patrol agents in the targeted area dropped from more than 500 a day to fewer than 15.
In the same newspaper, samed online edition, Stephen Dinan fills out the picture, in an unbelievable scenario from the floor of the US Senate.
The Senate voted yesterday against fulfilling its pledge from last year to hire 2,000 more Border Patrol agents and fund 8,000 new detention beds for illegal aliens in fiscal 2006, as some potential presidential candidates weighed in on border security and illegal immigration.
The intelligence overhaul bill that Congress passed and President Bush signed into law in December called for 2,000 new agents and 8,000 new detention beds every year for the next five years in order to meet a threat posed by illegal aliens.
Yesterday's votes were on amendments to the Department of Homeland Security spending bill, which funds only 1,000 more agents and 2,240 more detention beds in fiscal 2006.
We see from this vote that the US faces a larger problem than the President's blind spot, whereby he shrinks from combining forcefully his plan for surfacing presentday illegals within a 5-year permission to stay, and an equally forceful wall of resistance to illegal entry. Rather, the Democrats of the US Senate have taken the lead in direction of encouraging lawlessness. The issue of illegal immigration will become a major one in the next Congressional elections, and some Liberal Senators up for re-election in that round, may be expected to be defeated.
The main thing problem now is how to stop the piggybacking of illegals from third countries (people who are neither Canadians nor Mexicans) from using the lax situations at those borders to enter the US for terrorist purposes. The same concerns seems to have some validity also for Canada's own vulnerablity. I wouldn't want to awake some morning to hear that the Toronto subway system had been bombed, either by legals or illegals or a combo acting in concernt. That is a symphony of cacophany I hope never to have to hear, or breathe the thick black smoke in its aftermath. - Owlb
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