Friday, December 21, 2012
NPR - When is The Border Secure Enough?
Why not interview Spencer again?
|Ted Robbins -- NPR -- December 20, 2012
Is The Border Secure Enough To Tackle The Immigration System?
Since the mid-1980s, the U.S. Border Patrol has quintupled in size --- growing from about 4,000 to more than 20,000 agents.
The government has constructed some 700 miles of fencing and vehicle barriers. It has placed thousands of ground sensors, lights, radar towers and cameras along the border. And Customs and Border Protection is now flying drones and helicopters to locate smuggles and rescue stranded immigrants. So here's the question: Is the Southwest border secure?
The statistics paint a picture that says "yes." The number of illegal crossers apprehended is at a 40-year-low, which can be partly attributed to a weak U.S. job market and improving economy in Mexico. Drug seizures continue near historic highs and violent crime in border cities on the U.S. side has gone down.
Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano says all those facts are indicators of progress in the right direction. [...]
Congress still wants to know whether all the resources along the border are working. There is no single objective measure of border security.
Until two years ago, the Department of Homeland Security used something called "operational control," which Arizona Republican Senator-elect Jeff Flake wants the department to keep using.
"In essence, it basically means if someone sneaks across, you have a reasonable expectation of catching them," Flake says. "We're talking about something that is achievable and measurable."
American Patrol Report -- December 21
Ten years ago Ted Robbins, the author of the above report, interviewed Glenn Spencer who had just started American Border Patrol. Since then, Spencer has been working on a solution to the border problem. He now believes he has found it. We hope someone will contact Mr. Robbins and ask him to do another interview with Spencer.
|Jessica Vaughan -- CIS.org sc
DHS gives criminal alien privacy but snubs victim
Last month I reported the alarming news that ICE intended to take a pass on deporting Roberto Galo, a Honduran who was convicted of killing Drew Rosenberg in a 2010 traffic crash in San Francisco. Adding insult to the Rosenberg family's horrific injury, the ICE Public Advocate, whose office was created and funded to assist the public with their concerns about immigration law enforcement, has ignored repeated attempts...
Survey: Most oppose birthright citizenship for illegals
More voters than ever think that if a woman comes to the United States illegally and gives birth to a child here, that child should be a U.S. citizen. A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 41% of Likely U.S. Voters share that view, up from September's previous high of 37%. But 51% still disagree and do not think the child in that situation should be granted citizenship...
|Los Angeles Times
More people moving to U.S.
The pace of the nation's population growth inched higher this year for the first time since 2006, boosted by a larger number of immigrants amid improving U.S. prospects. -- In its annual state population estimates, the Census Bureau said Thursday that there were 313.9 million people in the United States on July 1. That is up 2.3 million from a year earlier, a growth rate of 0.75%...
|Col. Tom Snodgrass -- Right Side News -- Kennesaw, Ga.
Report indicates Obama lied to nation about Benghazi attack motivation
...First, is should be noted that ARB purports to "discuss" their findings by just repeating the substance of their findings! However, what follows here is a closer examination the findings and the ARB's inadequate discussion of those findings. The explanations of the findings actually raise more questions than are answered...
|Statesman Journal -- Salem, Oregon sc
Fugitive invader returned to Oregon after 17 years on the lam
A man sought for 17 years in connection with a 1995 fatal traffic crash in Marion County was returned to Oregon on Thursday after his arrest about a year ago on federal charges after entering the country illegally from Mexico. In January 2012, border patrol agents from the Casa Grande, Ariz., Station took a man into custody for illegally entering the United States... Jose Luis Sanchez
Boehner is now less popular than Pelosi
House Speaker John Boehner has now unseated his Democratic predecessor Nancy Pelosi as the least-liked major congressional leader, a title Pelosi has held for several years. -- A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 51% of Likely U.S. Voters now view Boehner unfavorably, while 50% feel that way about Pelosi. Just 31% have a favorable opinion of the Ohio congressman, compared to 37%...
|WIAT-TV -- Birmingham, Ala.
Two invaders suspected perps in multiple murders
Six people are dead in a period of 24 hours. the people believed responsible both [illegal aliens]. -- But the way the media has covered the deaths isn't sitting well with HICA Director Isabel Rubio. "We have a child who has lost his mother and two siblings... and his life will never be the same... and we're going to frame this through the lens of immigration status? That's wrong!"
|American Border Patrol
Photos of the day
When the sun rises at American Border Patrol's Arizona ranch on the first day of winter it does so perfectly centered on San Jose Peak in Mexico. -- A few minutes before this happens, the shadow of San Jose Peak perfectly masks Bob Thompson Peak in the Huachuca Mountains of Arizona...
Report: Jon Hammar to be released from Mexican prison today
Jon Hammar, the U.S. Marine imprisoned in Mexico on a gun charge, will be released today, his mother told Fox News Radio. -- Olivia Hammar said the judge hearing Hammar's case issued a ruling in his favor and that her son is to be released at a time on Friday yet to be announced. No more details were available. Hammar, 27, who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, has been stuck in a notorious, drug cartel-controlled prison...
|Jessica Vaughan -- CIS.org
ICE exercises prosecutorial discretion for ID fraud
It's a good thing North Carolina (and Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Georgia, and Virginia) saw fit to enact stronger E-Verify laws that go into effect in 2013, because the Obama administration is making no effort to address the rampant identity fraud that enables illegal aliens to get jobs and wreak havoc in the lives of unsuspecting Americans. -- One recent case illustrates the government's indifference to this problem...