Illegals in the Rio Grande Valley are giving up in droves and chanting “amnestia”. Anyone with a connection to the border has already heard these stories. Apparently the national news is just now figuring it out:
Apprehensions of illegal immigrants are up 13 percent this year, the chief of the U.S. Border Patrol told Congress on Wednesday as lawmakers continued to bash the Obama administration for failing to come up with a way of measuring how secure the borders are.
The increase in apprehensions appears to contradict the administration’s assertion that the border is more secure than ever — a claim that is critical to advocates’ hopes of passing an immigration legalization bill this year.
The border is unsecure. As long as it isn’t militarized, it won’t be secure. If we don’t want it militarized, we need defense in depth – if you catch an illegal in Pittsburg running a red light, you hand him over to ICE and deport him. If you get rear-ended by an illegal with no insurance in Salt Lake City, the police should hand him over to ICE and he should be deported.
“We have seen an increase in attempted entries,” Border Patrol Chief Michael J. Fisher told a Senate committee, adding that part of the reason for the increase was the lure of a potential deal that would legalize most illegal immigrants now in the country.
Gee, if you told someone they’d be rewarded for criminal behavior, do you think they might do it? And make no mistake, the government is pushing for amnesty for illegals.
Still, lawmakers said there’s little doubt border security is better than it was in the middle of the last decade, when millions of illegal immigrants were apprehended each year, suggesting millions more eluded capture and crossed successfully.
Militarization or defense in depth are the only ways to have a secure border. And defense in depth just means you’re willing to acknowledge you won’t catch them all, but will work to remove them. It creates a disincentive for illegals to continue being illegal and self-deport, or for prospective immigrants who would take the illegal route because they’re lazy, it gives them an incentive to do it the right way and maybe think about why they want to come here.
As the immigration reform Gang of Eight inside the Beltway prepares to announce a deal later this week, claiming border security will come before a path to citizenship for millions of illegals, Border Patrol agents have seen illegal border crossings double and warn the cutting of agent work hours will only result in less border security, not more.
“We’ve seen the number of illegal aliens double, maybe even triple since amnesty talk started happening,” an agent told Townhall, who asked to remain unnamed due to fears of retaliation within Customs and Border Protection [CBP], something he said is common. “A lot of these people, although not the majority, are criminals or aggravated felons. This is a direct danger to our communities.”
And it was explained here a few days ago.
Anecdotally, one could tell stories of how the illegal aliens coming in now are a lot worse – there many more with criminal records already inside the US because they lived here as criminals and didn’t care about the law then – and now they’re coming back because they think they can stay. Ask people who work on the border what kinds of illegals they encounter now and you’ll get the same answer from Brownsville to San Diego.