September 29, 2010
Sealing the border is unrealistic
Over the last 20 years I often talked to people who say we have to seal the border before there can be immigration reform. This allows them to justify the lack of reform. Here is an article by the Commissioner of Customs and Border Patrol wherein he states that a 100% sealded border is unrealistic;
Commissioner says the solution would be legitimate labor market
CBP chief: Sealed border is unrealistic
The commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection agrees that Arizona's border needs to be better controlled, but he said completely sealing the international line is unrealistic.
"This is not about sealing the border," Commissioner Alan Bersin said Friday in Tucson. "Until we have a legitimate labor market between Mexico and the United States, people will attempt to come here to work."
To get that legitimate labor market, though, will take immigration-law change, he said. To get backing for it will require reducing the flow of illegal immigration in the Border Patrol's Tucson Sector - the busiest for apprehensions, drug seizures and border deaths for a decade - to levels similar to those of other sectors.
A steady decline in apprehensions in the Tucson Sector over the past six years is a good trend, but it's still unacceptable that the sector has more than three times as many as the next-busiest sector. However, with more agents, fencing and technology than ever before, the agency is ready, he said.
"We are also better prepared, better resourced, here and elsewhere, to accomplish the completion of this task, which is to achieve a secure border and one that is perceived as secure." But there is no numerical goal for apprehensions that would constitute a "secure border," he said. "Our job is to detect and apprehend the large majority of them."
Bersin met with the Arizona Daily Star during his visit to Arizona Friday. He weighed in on several topics:
On how Arizona's immigration-enforcement law, SB 1070, is similar to California's Proposition 187 of 1994: When California passed its immigration enforcement bill in 1994, the San Diego Sector was the busiest stretch of Southwest border. Today, the Tucson Sector in Arizona is the busiest. People have a right to have a secure border and a border that is perceived as secure," Bersin said.
"The political reaction to a border that is perceived as being out of control was (SB) 1070, as it was (Proposition) 187 in California. I don't think it's had any effect because of the judicial rulings," he said of SB 1070. "However, it's had a political effect of having mobilized attention on this sector, which is exactly what Prop. 187 did in California."
On the fact that smugglers can't as easily shift patterns along the Southwest border today as they used to:
"You've got a resourced Border Patrol and Field Operation that simply did not exist in the years we were building up the resource to the Southwest border. So trying to displace back to re-establish smuggling routes in San Diego is not going to be so easy, or in Yuma or in El Centro or in El Paso. They will try and there will be displacement, but it will not fall on the under-resourced sector."
On what's changed about smuggling since the 1990s:
"Mom and pop smuggling is over. You're not seeing the smuggling in cars through the ports, and you cannot get into this country illegally without a coyote. And the price of coyotes has gone up to $3,000."
On the Government Accountability Office critique that Customs and Border Protection doesn't have sufficient measures in place to evaluate the success of many of its programs, including highway checkpoints, fencing and the Mexican Interior Repatriation Program:
"I disagree with that. The way to measure success is taking the data in the way in which we aligned it here and then reviewing that in the context of the community reaction to enforcement effort.
"I agree with the GAO to the extent that they say the metrics are very hard. Law enforcement metrics are a perennial problem. But in the broad measures of success, you gauge them in the context of illegal immigration by increasing the number of people you are detecting, increasing the number of those people you are apprehending. . . .
"That's why the technology issue is so important on detecting entry. Otherwise, you don't know what's happening in the forest when nobody is there to see or listen."
On what needs to be done to slow border deaths in Arizona: "The best antidote is to deter illegal immigration. . . . Our overall goal of reducing immigration will, by definition almost, improve the problem."
The agency also needs to continue to coordinate prevention efforts with Mexico and strengthen its search-and-rescue teams, Bersin said. "For every person that has died in the desert, the Border Patrol itself has saved four or five people."".
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September 22, 2010
Yesterday's vote was an example how the immigrants have been treated as pinatas for all to hit to gain votes.
September 10, 2010
CCA invests into Arizona SB 1070
Anti-immigration hysteria tied to the private prison industry
By Nyles Kendall
Published: Wednesday, September 8, 2010
Updated: Wednesday, September 8, 2010
"The now-infamous “show me your papers” law which requires Arizona law enforcement to check the legal status of anyone “reasonably suspected” of being undocumented has brought illegal immigration to the forefront of American politics.
S.B. 1070’s incessant media coverage and the grossly overstated urgency for immigration reform would lead many to believe Mexican drug cartels were on the verge of overthrowing the government and illegal aliens were running rampant through the streets.
But data collected by the Pew Hispanic Center and the Department of Homeland Security indicate that apprehensions of illegal crossings have dropped by nearly 70 percent since 2000.
Still, despite the overwhelming evidence indicating otherwise, prominent Arizona politicians have continued to insist that illegal immigrants are pouring into the country in droves, responsible for headless bodies in the desert and “terror babies” intent on destroying our way of life.
Why is it that as illegal immigration becomes less of a national security threat, anti-immigration sentiment has ratcheted up?
It is because those who have politically profited off the issue of illegal immigration by stoking fear are the beneficiaries of more than just electoral capital.
Gov. Jan Brewer, who signed S.B. 1070 into law, and the legislation’s principal architect, Russell Pearce, both have extensive financial ties to the private prison industry powerhouse Corrections Corporation of America, a company which stands to profit in the sum of millions if Arizona’s “papers please” legislation is enacted.
CCA, one of the leading providers of detention and correction services in the country, holds the contract to imprison all federal detainees in the state of Arizona. S.B. 1070 would lead to more arrests on federal immigration charges, causing money to pour into the gargantuan coffers of the private prison industry and directly into the bank accounts of those who are financially tied to it."...
September 03, 2010
More lies from Governor Brewer
In a memorable performance this week, Arizona Governor Jan Brewer refused to defend previously made anti-immigrant statements regarding undocumented immigrants and beheadings during a gubernatorial debate with Attorney General and Democratic candidate, Terry Goddard. While Governor Brewer’s opening remarks meltdown is at least understandable, her inability/refusal to defend controversial anti-immigrant statements—which has become the centerpiece of her re-election platform—is not. Unable to respond to reporters’ questions about these maligned statements, Governor Brewer abruptly walked off camera. As gubernatorial candidates in other states consider running for the “toughest-on-immigration title,” Governor Brewer’s meltdown might serve as an example of what happens when punditry meets public debate and statements are made without merit;