WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama on Friday signed into law a $600 million border security that will put more agents and equipment along the Mexican border.
Obama signed the bill in the Oval Office alongside Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano. The measure will fund the hiring of 1,000 new Border Patrol agents to be deployed at critical areas along the border, as well as more Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents. It also provides for new communications equipment and greater use of unmanned surveillance drones.
1000 agents. What a crock. Just the state of Texas alone is almost 1000 miles east-west. New Mexico, Arizona, and California aren't small states either. Let's not forget the Canadian border either. I don't want to just pick on Obama here either. This is the same type of crap we got from George W Bush on this issue.
It's not just Mexican workers crossing the borders. Besides illegal day laborers (depressing our own wages), we have MS-13 gangbangers from El Salvador and Zetas gangbangers (mostly ex Mexican army) from the Mexican border towns coming across. Worse, Hezbollah terrorists are crossing through the Nogales Arizona border. and coming up to Dearborn. They go to Mexico, then cross the Southern border, and arrive here. The unsecured border largely contributes to the gang violence on both sides of the border, especially on the Mexican side.
Worse, Arizona has had enough, passed their own law (parts I support, parts concern me, but I understand it) on this because the feds refuse to do their jobs, and the feds are suing them for it, and will probably win based on the Supremacy Clause.
If I was president (which will never happen), I'd start by closing and phasing out most of the bases abroad that aren't needed (Germany), and reassigning to border control. While we law abiding citizens have to go through all this TSA crap at airports, the misnamed Patriot Act, and other so called security measures, MS-13 waltzed across our border. That needs to stop ASAP. No immigration reform until border security. Those should be separate bills because those are separate issues.
As for immigration reform. No amnesty (Reagan's biggest mistake). No path to citizenship for illegals. Go home first. Revoke the incorporation papers of those who knowingly hire illegals. Those who follow the rules should get first crack at a path to citizenship and/or visas. I have no problem with LEGAL immigration and it should be encouraged. Illegal immigration is unacceptable and the tolerance for that by our government needs to end.