Saturday, January 15, 2011

Alien Nation

We’re living in peculiar times. Our elected officials and the heads of government agencies keep telling us not to believe our lying eyes. They assure us that the borders are safe – safer than they’ve ever been. On April 27, 2010, Janet Napolitano exclaimed, “I say this again as someone who has walked that border, I’ve ridden that border. I’ve flown it. I’ve driven it. I know that border I think as well as anyone, and I will tell you it is as secure now as it has ever been.” This she said in response to Senator Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), who was questioning her during the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on the oversight of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). “The Border Patrol is better staffed than at any point in its history,” Napolitano continued. “Since 2004, the number of boots on the ground along the southwest border has increased by 80 percent.”

Agents and Officers on the ground (human beings – not “boots”, as Napolitano flippantly calls them) would undoubtedly disagree. Our borders are sharply understaffed. San Ysidro Port of Entry, the largest and busiest land border crossing in the United States, can’t keep up with catastrophic lack of human resources. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Officers are reportedly facing mandatory drafts for overtime, working 16-hour days back-to-back. No one can be fully productive without much rest or sleep between shifts, thereby reducing the quality of border inspections.

While there are never enough officers on duty to constantly keep all 24 lanes of the Port open, it’s being torn down to increase the number of lanes to 36 or more. The neighboring Port of Otay Mesa is also reportedly expanding to increase its number of lanes to 25. At the same time, the workforce is rapidly diminishing, as the rate of attrition far exceeds the number of new hires. Personnel from the Calexico Port of Entry is being brought to conduct inspections at other Ports because of drastic personnel shortages.

On February 25, 2010, Janet Napolitano testified before the United States Senate Subcommittee on Homeland Security Appropriations. In an uncommon display of bipartisan unity, most members were unanimous in their open criticism of the beleaguered agency and its inept leadership. Prior to the hearing, Independent Senator Joe Lieberman of Connecticut and Susan Collins, R-Maine, wrote to Napolitano, calling the size of the agency's work force "unacceptable, untenable and unsustainable."

Lieberman, Collins Astounded DHS Contract Workers Exceed Number Of Civilian Employees

Napolitano also contends that the Obama administration has shown an "absolute laserlike focus on that border." Feeling secure yet? Take a look at the picture above. Those aliens are sneaking into the country next to the news conference about newly-secured Smugglers Gulch, west of the San Ysidro Port of Entry. As Congressmen Hunter, Sr. and Bilbray were speaking, the illegals were running across the border behind their backs. As the old adage goes, “Dogs bark but the caravan moves on.”

While she was testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Napolitano complained that it was an "unfair question" to ask if she could certify that the border was secure. That response didn’t earn any brownie points from Senator Lindsey Graham, (R-S.C.), who disagreed with the plan to fashion a bipartisan immigration bill, asserting that our first priority should be to secure the borders. "If it's unfair to ask a simple question 'Is the border secure?', then we're never going to have the confidence to get it secure, because it is a fair question," said Senator Graham. "I'll give you my answer: I don't think it is."

If we as a nation don’t respect our sovereignty, how can we expect citizens of another country to do so? Other nations protect their borders with vigilance and take immigration violations very seriously. Here are a few examples of what immigration violators can expect around the world:

•In North Korea - 12 years hard labor followed by mandatory deportation;

•In Iran – forcible deportation or indefinite detention;

•In Afghanistan – death penalty;

•In Saudi Arabia – indefinite imprisonment;

•In China – indefinite imprisonment;

•In Libya – summary deportation;

•In Lithuania – imprisonment for up to 2 years, followed by mandatory deportation;

•In Malaysia – whipping/caning and 10 months imprisonment for illegal immigrants and their employers, followed by mandatory deportation;

•In Mexico – mandatory deportation;

•In Russia (the largest country in the world that faces rates of illegal immigration comparable to the United States) – mandatory imprisonment and deportation after completion of the prison sentence;

•In Venezuela – declaration of espionage and indefinite imprisonment (census is one of the means for locating illegal immigrants);

The grim reality of unsecured borders was further exacerbated by Napolitano’s proposed 2011 budget for the Department of Homeland Security, described by Congressman Hal Rogers as “simply indefensible”, “at best - curious, at worst - dangerous.” In his opening statement, Rogers said, “In the seven years that I have examined DHS’s budgets, I don’t think I’ve seen a proposal that is so poorly prioritized and that so badly fails to address the realities our country is currently facing.”

Napolitano’s budget proposal seeks to dramatically increase the size of DHS management and administrative bureaucracy, asking for a $47 million dollar increase of headquarters staff - without increasing the agency’s border workforce. This would mean that with time, due to the dramatic rates of attrition plaguing the agency, the numbers of active agents and officers protecting our ports of entry would actually decrease. “Madam Secretary, to put it mildly, I am very concerned about DHS FY11 budget request as well as the current state of the Department,“ stated Rogers.

Congressman Rogers continued, “I’m troubled by what appears to be the Administration’s greater emphasis upon political correctness, global public opinion polls, and other “domestic priorities”, rather than a serious focus down-range for the next terror threat, the next natural disaster, or the next unprovoked attack against the American people.”

That brings us to another point that is constantly downplayed by the heads of the Department of Homeland Security. Our porous land border with Mexico brings in not only illegal aliens coming over to work and live. It also brings in massive quantities of narcotics, facilitates human trafficking, smuggling, kidnappings, entry of persons from OTM (Other Than Mexican) countries, including Special Interest countries (SIC), otherwise known as countries with terrorist affiliations.

During her testimony before the Congressional Committee on Homeland Security, Napolitano brazenly asserted that there is “no spillover of violence” across the US/Mexico border. These claims are contradicted by everyday occurrences of violence, kidnapping, smuggling, drug and people trafficking. In September 2007, Mexican President Calderón said that “Mexico does not stop at its border… wherever there is a Mexican, there is Mexico." It’s naïve (to say the least) for Napolitano to claim that violence would be stopped by an invisible line between two countries that is penetrated on a daily basis. The latest news headlines clearly show otherwise.

Man pleads guilty in plot to kidnap child for $300,000 ransom (July 14, 2010)

Illegal Immigrant Suspected in Killing of Arizona Rancher (March 30, 2010)

Math is an irrefutable science. According to statistics, here are a few examples of the threat we face as a nation:

•4,380 Americans are murdered annually by illegal aliens (that averages to 12 Americans murdered by illegal aliens each day);

•42,636 road deaths involved illegal aliens and 20 percent of fatal automobile accidents involve at least one driver who lacks a valid license;

•8 American children are victims of sexual abuse by illegal aliens every day – a total of 2,920 annually;

•The Violent Crimes Institute of Atlanta estimates there are about 240,000 illegal immigrant sex offenders in the United States who have had an average of four victims each;

•As the number of illegal aliens in the U.S. increases, so does the number of American victims;

•The Government Accountability Office released a report on a study of 55,322 illegal aliens incarcerated in federal, state, and local facilities during 2003. It found the following:

•The 55,322 illegal aliens studied represented a total of 459,614 arrests – some eight arrests per illegal alien;

•Their arrests represented a total of about 700,000 criminal offenses – some 13 offenses per illegal alien;

•36% had been arrested at least five times before;

Illegal aliens murder 12 Americans daily; Death toll in 2006 far overshadows total U.S. soldiers killed in Iraq, Afghanistan

The Dark Side Of Illegal Immigration - Facts, Figures And Statistics On Illegal Immigration

Indisputably, the vast majority of illegal aliens are decent people who cross the border to seek better life for themselves and their families. However, it is also undeniable that a disproportionately high percentage of illegal aliens commit serious crimes and violent sexual attacks. We’re also opening ourselves up to the onslaught of narcotics, terrorists and unlawful weapons. That is the dark side of illegal immigration – by indiscriminately allowing our borders to be penetrated without valid documents, we’re allowing the “good” along with the “bad”.

Another important consideration is that our major cities are bursting at the seams. Freeways in California and Arizona are becoming increasingly more overcrowded and slow, reminiscent of Mexico City. Shouldn’t we as Americans also be seeking better life for ourselves and future generations? How high of a price are we willing to pay for political correctness? The answer is up to you. Contact your elected officials and make sure that your voice is heard, because your opinion counts, your safety and security matters and America is still our nation.

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