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Arrests of illegal crossers along the Southwest border dropped more than two-thirds from 2000 to 2010…

Border fence

The desert sand east of San Luis, Ariz., is imprinted with Border Patrol tracks in this 2007 photo. New stadium lighting, triple fencing, more border agents and the recession are credited with a plunge in the numbers of illegal crossings in the Southwest since 2000. (Don Bartletti / Los Angeles Times)

Last night a commentor lamented the call by this Dog and the President for Immigration reform….

The post was long and criticized ANY let up in illegal immigration enforcement….

That same posted should read this linked piece…

The Illegal immigration problem is fading….

While there will always be illegals….

There really isn’t any reason to keep hiring more Border Patrol people….

Nor is there any reason to build anymore fences or walls….

It seems that a lousy economy has slowed the influx of people better than any wall, border patrol person , or other Government law enforcement tool….

Enough with this more enforcement bullshit…

We need reform of the laws to address the problems in the current system that penalized people who serve this country and can’t get citizenship….

We need a system to not ship out young children that only know America as their country….

And a way to address needs of this country for people who can help it grow and prosper….

Wild foot chases and dust-swirling car pursuits may be the adrenaline-pumping stuff of recruitment efforts, but agents on the U.S.-Mexico border these days have to deal with a more mundane occupational reality: the boredom of guarding a frontier where illegal crossings have dipped to record low levels.

Porous corridors along the 2,000-mile border do remain, mostly in the Tucson area, requiring constant vigilance. But beefed-up enforcement and the job-killing effects of the great recession have combined to reduce the flood of immigrants in many former hot spots to a trickle.

Apprehensions along the Southwest border overall dropped more than two-thirds from 2000 to 2010, from 1.6 million to 448,000, and almost every region has lonely posts where agents sit for hours staring at the barrier, watching the “fence rust” as some put it.

“When the traffic stops … of course it’s going to be difficult for the agents to stay interested,” said Supervisory Agent Ken Quillin, from the agency’s Yuma, Ariz., sector. “I understand guys have a tough time staying awake…. they didn’t join the border patrol to sit on an X,” Quillin added, using the slang term for line watch duty……
More…

Note….

We now need to seperate the fact of this issue from the hyped fiction….

From Politicaldog 101…

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April 21, 2011 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Editorial, Fiction, Government, Law, Media, Politics, The Economy, Travel, Updates, Women | , , | Leave a comment

Obama sends 1,200 National Guard Troops to Mexican Border……Editorial

Here we go again…..

This is something I mentioned to someone here a few days ago…

There has been all this talk about an Immigration Bill….The same thing happened with President George Bush…

Bush was the Governor of Texas before becoming President…His brother’s wife is Mexican-American….So when Bush got pushed a little bit on the Illegal Immigration problem….

He initially proposed trying to work out a solution for the people here and for the border…..

That didn’t happen….

Instead we got the same thing initially happen that is coming from President Obama…

National Guard Troops going to the Mexican Border to support Border Patrol in NON-Combat roles

Obama …like Bush WILL FIND IT HARD  deal with the Immigrants in this country….

As soon as they even think out loud about addressing the problems of immigrants IN THIS COUNTRY for a while…….

They will be shouted down and assaulted by the hard-edged reality of the anti-Immigrant faction….

This will of course do nothing for the 12 + Million Immigrants who live and work in their country…..but the anti-immigrant faction doesn’t very much care about these people…

As a matter of fact they just as soon see them put in a rowboat and shipped out to sea….


Now those 12 Million aren’t ALL MEXICAN’s …..Nope…That fiqure is composed of people from Russia, Ireland, Guiana, India, and other places…..

But the postcard picture is from Mexico…….


The troop thing….Well we tried that before…..It ain’t squat……

It’s just a political move…..To aplease the Right and  anti-immigrant people….


Obama is going to find out that Immigration is a big fat ZERO!

Framed by people who are afraid and against what America HASN”T been  for the last 10 to 15 years….

And don’t tell these people…

We all are from visitors from other countries…..

It is what makes America…America……

And Strong

Link……..

May 26, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Editorial, Government, Law, Media, Men, Military, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Projections, Travel, Updates, Women | , , | 3 Comments

The technical part of the border war isn’t cheap and some of it isn’t working……

With the administrations latest suspension of the building along the border…..People have begun to take a look at all the high-tech stuff that has been thrown against the problem….

With the GAO in the lead there has been a realization that only thing that the government can count on…

Is Border Patrol officers ‘boots on the ground’….

The Secure Border Initiative Program has been spotty at best……..

The Obama administration’s recent surprise decision to suspend new work on a multibillion-dollar high-tech border control system — the third attempted since 1997 — raises further questions about the government’s use of computer networks and sensors in an effort to seal the border with Mexico.

As part of a broad illegal immigration crackdown called the Secure Border Initiative, a seamless “virtual fence” launched in 2005 was supposed to be up and running by last year. Among other things, the project known as SBInet called for a vast surveillance system along the 2,000-mile Southwestern border capable of detecting immigrants, drug traffickers, and potential terrorists as they attempted to cross into the United States.

But at the current slow pace of construction, SBInet would take decades to complete. Only a 28-mile-long prototype is fully up and running in Arizona, to mixed reviews.

In March, shortly before the House Homeland Security Committee met to discuss SBInet, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano announced that $50 million in planned stimulus spending on the project had been diverted to other border protection initiatives. That marked a sharp turnabout for the Obama administration, which had professed strong support for the effort.

Napolitano, a former Arizona governor who backed using such technological solutions on the border during her nomination process, saidthat SBInet “has been plagued with cost overruns and missed deadlines.” It also has been marked by technical problems and poor government planning, according to congressional testimony and independentinvestigations by watchdogs like the Government Accountability Office.

The lead contractor on the project, Boeing Co., has earned $615 million so far. Company officials declined requests from the Center for Investigative Reporting to comment on SBInet. Officials from U.S. Customs and Border Protection also would not answer questions about the project.

The problems with SBInet represent what critics call the federal government’s history of overreliance on speculative technology sold at great cost to taxpayers. Washington has spent some $800 million on SBInet. When earlier failed border technology projects are included, the price tag jumps to $1.1 billion, according to figures released during congressional hearings.

Some lawmakers now are questioning whether SBInet should be abandoned.

“At least $800 million so far has been wasted,” Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) fumed in an Aprilhearing. “Think of how that money could have been spent to try to improve our border security. There’s been a lack of oversight; there’s been a lack of accountability, and by most reports, this virtual fence has been a complete failure.”

Backers say that bugs in SBInet technology are being ironed out and the prototype is beginning to produce results, including the apprehension of intruders. Still, the continued march of illegal immigrants into the United States, despite the Secure Border Initiative, has undoubtedly set back efforts at comprehensive immigration reform and perhaps will lead other states to follow the example of Arizona, where a tough new immigration law has triggered protests across the country.

Years in the Making

High-tech border surveillance took on a new sense of urgency in the wake of the terror attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. Concerns about immigration and national security merged in a campaign for an array of cameras, sensors, and computer technology that would alert border protection officials when intruders were detected.

May 24, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Computers, Counterpoints, Government, Law, Media, Men, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, The Economy, Travel | , , , , | 5 Comments

The technical part of the border war isn't cheap and some of it isn't working……

With the administrations latest suspension of the building along the border…..People have begun to take a look at all the high-tech stuff that has been thrown against the problem….

With the GAO in the lead there has been a realization that only thing that the government can count on…

Is Border Patrol officers ‘boots on the ground’….

The Secure Border Initiative Program has been spotty at best……..

The Obama administration’s recent surprise decision to suspend new work on a multibillion-dollar high-tech border control system — the third attempted since 1997 — raises further questions about the government’s use of computer networks and sensors in an effort to seal the border with Mexico.

As part of a broad illegal immigration crackdown called the Secure Border Initiative, a seamless “virtual fence” launched in 2005 was supposed to be up and running by last year. Among other things, the project known as SBInet called for a vast surveillance system along the 2,000-mile Southwestern border capable of detecting immigrants, drug traffickers, and potential terrorists as they attempted to cross into the United States.

But at the current slow pace of construction, SBInet would take decades to complete. Only a 28-mile-long prototype is fully up and running in Arizona, to mixed reviews.

In March, shortly before the House Homeland Security Committee met to discuss SBInet, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano announced that $50 million in planned stimulus spending on the project had been diverted to other border protection initiatives. That marked a sharp turnabout for the Obama administration, which had professed strong support for the effort.

Napolitano, a former Arizona governor who backed using such technological solutions on the border during her nomination process, saidthat SBInet “has been plagued with cost overruns and missed deadlines.” It also has been marked by technical problems and poor government planning, according to congressional testimony and independentinvestigations by watchdogs like the Government Accountability Office.

The lead contractor on the project, Boeing Co., has earned $615 million so far. Company officials declined requests from the Center for Investigative Reporting to comment on SBInet. Officials from U.S. Customs and Border Protection also would not answer questions about the project.

The problems with SBInet represent what critics call the federal government’s history of overreliance on speculative technology sold at great cost to taxpayers. Washington has spent some $800 million on SBInet. When earlier failed border technology projects are included, the price tag jumps to $1.1 billion, according to figures released during congressional hearings.

Some lawmakers now are questioning whether SBInet should be abandoned.

“At least $800 million so far has been wasted,” Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) fumed in an Aprilhearing. “Think of how that money could have been spent to try to improve our border security. There’s been a lack of oversight; there’s been a lack of accountability, and by most reports, this virtual fence has been a complete failure.”

Backers say that bugs in SBInet technology are being ironed out and the prototype is beginning to produce results, including the apprehension of intruders. Still, the continued march of illegal immigrants into the United States, despite the Secure Border Initiative, has undoubtedly set back efforts at comprehensive immigration reform and perhaps will lead other states to follow the example of Arizona, where a tough new immigration law has triggered protests across the country.

Years in the Making

High-tech border surveillance took on a new sense of urgency in the wake of the terror attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. Concerns about immigration and national security merged in a campaign for an array of cameras, sensors, and computer technology that would alert border protection officials when intruders were detected.

May 24, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Computers, Counterpoints, Government, Law, Media, Men, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, The Economy, Travel | , , , , | 5 Comments

FBI raids today are about foreign smuggling of money INTO the United States……..

From CNN …..this Breaking explanation about the series of early morning raids…..

The Dog kinda quessed about this…..

Raids by federal agents in Massachusetts, New York and New Jersey on Thursday are focused on a system of “cash couriers” who bring money into the United States from overseas, a source close to the investigation said.

Three people were taken into custody, according to a U.S. official — two in Massachusetts and a third in Maine. A statement from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement confirmed that three people were taken into custody on alleged immigration violations, but provided no further details.

All three are from Pakistan, according to a U.S. official. One is a so-called “visa overstay.” Another was in the process of being removed from the United States, but had not yet been ordered removed, as he was attempting to adjust his status so that he could stay in the country, the official said.

A federal law enforcement source said the initial two detained were connected to the case, but said they were “collateral” in the sense that they may not have had direct knowledge of or input into the Times Square plot.

Investigators searched locations in and around Boston, Massachusetts, and in New York and New Jersey, a federal law enforcement source said.

Two locations on Long Island were among the targets of the raids, a federal law enforcement source told CNN. The FBI executed search warrants at both locations in Suffolk County, New York, in eastern Long Island, the source said. Tim Motz, a Suffolk County Police spokesman, said officers from that department were assisting federal agents. No arrests had been made…….

More……..…and Video….

May 13, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Counterpoints, Crime, Government, Law, Media, Men, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, The Economy, Updates, Women | , , , | 2 Comments

Make Solider’s wives whole….Make them citizens…..

One of the parts of the Immigration debate that has escaped  the news is wives of serving US soldiers that happen to be immigrants….

Illegal Immigrants….

I know it shouldn’t be that you can marry a solider to stay in the country….

But…..

If you ARE married to a soldier that out there putting there life on the line….

The oughta be an exception…..

[ While serving in Iraq, Lt. Kenneth Tenebro feared that his wife, Wilma, shown with their 3-year-old daughter, would be deported. ]


Immigration lawyers and Department of Homeland Securityofficials say that many thousands of people in the military have spouses or close relatives who are illegal immigrants. Many of those service members have fought to gain legal status for their family members — only to hit a legal dead end created in 1996, when Congress last made major revisions to the immigration laws.

Today the issue is not only personal. “It is an issue of readiness for the American armed forces,” says Representative Zoe Lofgren, the Democrat from California who leads the House subcommittee on immigration. “We have many Americans who are afraid to deploy.”

Lieutenant Tenebro would like to make a career in the military, including new missions to Iraq or Afghanistan, but for now he is not stepping forward for an overseas deployment. “Our situation has kept me at bay because of the constant worry that something might happen to my family while I am away,” he said.

With the debate over illegal immigration sharpening after a tough law passed in Arizona, immigration lawyers said the Tenebros’ case illustrates legal obstacles that have stopped immigrants from becoming legal even when they could qualify.

“We have made it impossible for many illegal immigrants to become legal,”* said Charles Kuck, an immigration lawyer in Atlanta who was 2009 president of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, the national bar.

Many lawmakers say that existing penalties have helped curb illegal immigration and, if anything, should be increased.

Like Lieutenant Tenebro, many soldiers, anticipating rebuke and possibly damage to their careers, do not reveal to others in the military their family ties to immigrants here illegally.

“You will always hear the jokes about those who crossed the border,” Lieutenant Tenebro said. “Even though we think we did everything legally possible, it’s just not knowing what other people will think. Maybe they will find ways to hit you, without knowing the whole facts.”

*  ( The legal boomerang that snared her and many others was created in 1996, when Congress imposed automatic restrictions on illegal immigrants, barring them from returning for periods of 3 to 10 years after they leave the country, regardless of whether they were deported or left voluntarily. However, in many cases the law also requires immigrants who are approved for legal documents to complete their paperwork at American consulates in their home countries. )

More……..

May 8, 2010 Posted by | Counterpoints, Family, Government, Law, Media, Men, Military, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Updates, Women | , , | 1 Comment

Make Solider's wives whole….Make them citizens…..

One of the parts of the Immigration debate that has escaped  the news is wives of serving US soldiers that happen to be immigrants….

Illegal Immigrants….

I know it shouldn’t be that you can marry a solider to stay in the country….

But…..

If you ARE married to a soldier that out there putting there life on the line….

The oughta be an exception…..

[ While serving in Iraq, Lt. Kenneth Tenebro feared that his wife, Wilma, shown with their 3-year-old daughter, would be deported. ]


Immigration lawyers and Department of Homeland Securityofficials say that many thousands of people in the military have spouses or close relatives who are illegal immigrants. Many of those service members have fought to gain legal status for their family members — only to hit a legal dead end created in 1996, when Congress last made major revisions to the immigration laws.

Today the issue is not only personal. “It is an issue of readiness for the American armed forces,” says Representative Zoe Lofgren, the Democrat from California who leads the House subcommittee on immigration. “We have many Americans who are afraid to deploy.”

Lieutenant Tenebro would like to make a career in the military, including new missions to Iraq or Afghanistan, but for now he is not stepping forward for an overseas deployment. “Our situation has kept me at bay because of the constant worry that something might happen to my family while I am away,” he said.

With the debate over illegal immigration sharpening after a tough law passed in Arizona, immigration lawyers said the Tenebros’ case illustrates legal obstacles that have stopped immigrants from becoming legal even when they could qualify.

“We have made it impossible for many illegal immigrants to become legal,”* said Charles Kuck, an immigration lawyer in Atlanta who was 2009 president of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, the national bar.

Many lawmakers say that existing penalties have helped curb illegal immigration and, if anything, should be increased.

Like Lieutenant Tenebro, many soldiers, anticipating rebuke and possibly damage to their careers, do not reveal to others in the military their family ties to immigrants here illegally.

“You will always hear the jokes about those who crossed the border,” Lieutenant Tenebro said. “Even though we think we did everything legally possible, it’s just not knowing what other people will think. Maybe they will find ways to hit you, without knowing the whole facts.”

*  ( The legal boomerang that snared her and many others was created in 1996, when Congress imposed automatic restrictions on illegal immigrants, barring them from returning for periods of 3 to 10 years after they leave the country, regardless of whether they were deported or left voluntarily. However, in many cases the law also requires immigrants who are approved for legal documents to complete their paperwork at American consulates in their home countries. )

More……..

May 8, 2010 Posted by | Counterpoints, Family, Government, Law, Media, Men, Military, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Updates, Women | , , | 1 Comment

Not all Arizona Cops are for the new Bill…….

A Latino Police Officer from Tucson Arizona has filed suit against the incoming law……

Officer Martin H. Escobar has filed a lawsuit over the state of Arizona's new immigration law.

Officer Martin H. Escobar has filed a lawsuit over the state of Arizona’s new immigration law.

CNN) — A police officer in Tucson, Arizona, filed a lawsuit against the state’s governor Thursday over a new immigration law.

Officer Martin H. Escobar says in the lawsuit that there are no “race-neutral criteria or basis to suspect or identify who is lawfully in the United States.”

The law allows police to ask anyone for proof of legal U.S. residency.

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer and others who support the law say it does not involve racial profiling or any other illegal acts.

Read the complaint (PDF)

April 29, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Counterpoints, Crime, Government, Law, Media, Men, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Travel, Updates | , , , | 1 Comment

In another blow to Obama… Hispanic's go after Rahm on immigration…..

As if the President doesn’t have enough grief with democrats scared of midterm elections….the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) is now declaring war on Rahm Emmuel, in particular….The CHC are not happy that Illegal immigrants are being denied access to getting health insurance from their employers…..

While the House bill would give them way to get insurance..the senate version would not…..

The whole policy question plays out to this…..should the White House jettison any thing for illegal’s to get votes from the right?….or should they fight for the hispanic/latino vote?

The fact remains that people will go to the hospital for care when have to…do we…the taxpayer pay for that?…or do we let them pay for that, even if they are illegals (but willing to pay out of their own pocket)….

November 20, 2009 Posted by | Government, Health, Healthcare, Politics | , , , , , | Leave a comment

In another blow to Obama… Hispanic’s go after Rahm on immigration…..

As if the President doesn’t have enough grief with democrats scared of midterm elections….the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) is now declaring war on Rahm Emmuel, in particular….The CHC are not happy that Illegal immigrants are being denied access to getting health insurance from their employers…..

While the House bill would give them way to get insurance..the senate version would not…..

The whole policy question plays out to this…..should the White House jettison any thing for illegal’s to get votes from the right?….or should they fight for the hispanic/latino vote?

The fact remains that people will go to the hospital for care when have to…do we…the taxpayer pay for that?…or do we let them pay for that, even if they are illegals (but willing to pay out of their own pocket)….

November 20, 2009 Posted by | Government, Health, Healthcare, Politics | , , , , , | Leave a comment