Saturday, June 11, 2005

US Border Security

Motivated by fears regarding a friend's recent illegal (and somewhat insane) decision to violate federal and international law and cross inter-national borders illegally I have been scouring the web for information regarding the security of our nation's borders.

I am both frightened and deeply saddened by what I have found.

For example, a man "carrying a sword, a hatchet, brass knuckles and a chain saw stained with what appeared to be blood to cross the US-Canadian border" and then, two days later "was arrested in Massachusetts in connection with the beheading of his elderly neighbor and the stabbing death of his wife in the New Brunswick town of Minot".

For the full, and somewhat disturbing story I quoted above, see This Reuters story.

I did find some encouraging information regarding President Bush's 2006 budget, with Congress's approval the US Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) will receive a nearly 4.8% budget increase -- one of the highest in government. I could not agree more with this funding increase -- in fact I would argue that after foolish reductions of border security by Clinton a $5.6 billion dollar increase is probably not even enough. At least, however, someone is finally taking CBP and its tasks seriously. It is too bad that buildings had to be blown up and all those people had to die before this country started taking its security seriously.

For more information about CB budget increases, read this Washington Post story.

In addition to extra funding for the CB, Bush continues to work towards tighter immigration-security and immigration reform bills. This country is in desperate need of a reformed policy on foreign nationals.

It has been nearly four years since the 9/11 attacks inside our country by foreign nationals. Yet, tens of thousands of foreign nationals every few weeks continue to be allowed to enter this country illegally through our loosely guarded borders. All of these illegal entrants threaten American citizens in one way or another -- either as unfair labor competition, tax burdens, instruments of organized crime including drug running and slavery, or as terrorists.

Non citizens should consider themselves very lucky that I am not in charge. If I were I would simply make it impossible for them to enter the country -- period. No questions asked, no exemptions given -- no entry, period. I sound like an extremist, I am sure, but that's just how I feel.

And nothing in the world makes me more angry than the our elected officials (John Kerry, for example) voting against bills like "
(S.AMDT.3739) to S. 1664" that place caps on "legal immigration," or for another example, resistance to ballot initiatives like 'Protect Arizona Now.' I will not even comment on how ridiculous it is for a New England senator to oppose voter-sponsored ballot iniatives in Arizona.

To provide a contrast for what actually occurs today, I have done some research on existing immigration laws. The primary federal statute that controls this, the Immigration and Nationality Act, allows approximately 800,000 people to settle here each year as permanent residents including about 480,000 who are admitted to reunite with their spouses, children, parents and/or siblings; about 140,000 who are admitted to fill jobs for which the U.S. Department of Labor has determined no American workers are available; about 110,000 refugees who have proven their claims of political or religious persecution in their homelands; and about 55,000 who are admitted under a "diversity" lottery, begun in 1990, that mainly benefits young European and African immigrants.

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