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$600 million emergency border funding an election year political palliative

August 15, 2010
Nancy Thorner

Yesterday, Friday, August 13, President Obama signed a bill to provide $600 million in emergency funding to help secure the U. S. Mexico border.

The House had already approved the measure, but the Senate was able to pass the bill by “unanimous consent” on Thursday, August 12 — a parliamentary term for a voice vote that doesn’t require the return of the entire Senate chamber —  a maneuver GOP leaders had agreed to!  Only two senators were required to be present to accept the agreement.
According to an account in the Chicago Tribune on Friday, August 13, the $600 million border security border package “will pay for deploying an additional 1,000 Border Patrol agents along the Southwest border, hiring 250 new Customs and Border Protection Officers, and adding 250 Immigration and customs Enforcement personnel to target drug smuggling.  The funding will also add two unmanned surveillance planes and boost the Justice Department’s sources for investigating and prosecuting organized drug gangs.”
To offset the $600 million border security border package so deficit spending doesn’t result, the Senate will substantially hike visa fees for companies that hire foreign workers.  These fees will go from $320 to as much as $2,750 each.
But is this just a ploy by Congress to pretend that it is really serious in securing the Mexican border, hoping that its good faith effort will convince voters that Washington is capable of addressing tough border security in the wake of Arizona’s much demonized illegal immigration law?
Or could it be an election year stunt to soften public opinion?  For if the American people perceive that Congress is dealing seriously and adequately to secure the Mexican border, might they be more receptive to a broader politcal discussion on comprehensive immigration reform to provide a citizenship path for this nation’s12 million illegal aliens?
Special agents responsible for enforcing our nation’s immigration laws within the Department of Homeland Security think so.   A  scathing letter titled, “VOTE OF NO CONFIDENCE IN ICE DIRECTOR JOHN MORTON AND ODPP ASSISTANT DIRECTOR PHYLLIS COVEN,” provides examples of how “ICE’s mission is being skewed towards supporting an unflinching goal of amnesty by refusing to allow agents to do their job; allowing criminal aliens to roam free; depleting resources for key enforcement initiatives that preceded this administration; and misrepresenting facts and programs, demeaning the extent of the criminal alien problem and geared to support amnesty.”

And now… the rest of the story. …..

One Comment leave one →
  1. October 22, 2011 9:44 pm

    Cant fully say I agreebut a good read

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