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Corruption Or Incompetence: The Lost Cause Of Border Security

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According to a Pew Hispanic Center survey conducted back in March 2006, approximately 850,000 illegal immigrants penetrate the U.S.-Mexico border each year. Today, illegal immigrants make up approximately 4% of the U.S. population, 5% of the workforce, 50% of California’s prison population, 20% of the general prison population, and 17% of the federal prison population. In the next 24 hours, an additional 2,400 illegal immigrants will have successfully crossed the U.S.-Mexico border. And that's not even the worst of it.

When it comes to border security, President Bush has not only failed the American people, but he has actually placed us in harm’s way. The U.S.-Mexico border is quite possibly the most easily penetrated border in the entire world. Meanwhile, America remains the loftiest of targets for terrorist activity. President Bush’s negligence is criminal.

When Congress created the Department of Homeland Security back in 2002, the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) was broken up into two separate departments: Citizenship and Immigration Services (CIS) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Aside from creating more bureaucracy, the replacement of the INS with two departments has accomplished little. Indeed, the corruption with which the INS was plagued is equally prevalent in the institution’s replacements.

National Security

America’s largely unpatrolled borders poses a significant threat to our national security. While the vast majority of illegal entries into the United States arrive from Mexico, our border with Canada cannot be overlooked. Anybody who crosses either border without detection must be recognized and treated as a security risk. In fact, from the moment a person steps foot on American soil without proper documentation, he or she has already committed a federal offense:

U.S. Code, Title 8, Section 1325: Improper entry by alien

Any alien who (1) enters or attempts to enter the United States at any time or place other than as designated by immigration officers, or (2) eludes examination or inspection by immigration officers, or (3) attempts to enter or obtains entry to the United States by a willfully false or misleading representation or the willful concealment of a material fact, shall, for the first commission of any such offense, be fined under title 18 or imprisoned not more than 6 months, or both, and, for a subsequent commission of any such offense, be fined under title 18, or imprisoned not more than 2 years, or both.

More importantly, the ease with which illegals are crossing our borders on a daily basis sends a clear signal to the entire world that America remains vulnerable to attack.

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has released a troubling report, detailing the extent to which America’s security is at risk. Kenneth Timmerman of NewsMax writes:

[The] DHS Office of Inspector General revealed that 45,008 aliens from countries on the U.S. list of state-sponsors of terror (SST) or from countries that protected terrorist organizations and their members were released into the general public between 2001 and 2005, even though immigration officers couldn't confirm their identities.

Even worse, the report states: "it is not known exactly how many of these…aliens were ultimately issued final orders of removal and actually removed, since such data is not tracked" by the Detention and Removal Office of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

The type of aliens to which the report is referring are known as OTMs, or "other than Mexicans." Under current U.S. immigration laws, OTMs are subject to a "catch and release" policy. Basically, illegal immigrants from countries outside of Mexico are immediately released and allowed to live in the United States while awaiting a deportation hearing.

According to the DHS report, approximately 85 percent of the 45,008 OTMs (40,804) "will abscond" even if deportation orders are issued. Of course, the "45,008" figure provided by the report says nothing about the OTMs that successfully eluded detection.

Timmerman’s article continues:

"The release of these OTMs [other than Mexicans] poses particular risks," the Inspector General report said. The report cited a recent U.S. intelligence assessment indicating that "terrorist organizations… believe illegal entry into the U.S. is more advantageous than legal entry for operations reasons."

Since 2001, the number of "OTMs" arrested for illegally entering this country has jumped by 27 percent to more than 145,000 per year.

From 2001 through the first half of 2005, 605,210 "OTM" aliens were arrested for violating U.S. immigration laws. But a lack of beds at detention facilities and other factors compelled the government to release 51 percent of them into the general population, while awaiting an immigration hearing on their final status.

Corruption

The threat posed by illegal immigration is exacerbated by the "culture of corruption" under which immigration officials operate. Michael J. Maxwell, the former chief of the CIS Office of Security and Investigation, claims:

"Internal corruption at CIS is so pervasive that hostile foreign governments have penetrated the agency…Terrorists and organized crime are gaming the immigration system with impunity. Taken together, these three elements form the perfect storm."

Maxwell was forced to resign his post at CIS earlier this year.

CIS has documented an illegal immigration route through the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico that is easily exploited by terrorists and foreign intelligence agents. According to an internal CIS report, smugglers are "using the islands of St. Thomas, St. Croix, and St. John for ‘staging landings’ of illegal immigrants, and that ‘smuggling ventures within the Caribbean meet with little to no resistance.’" According to Maxwell, corrupt immigration officers have facilitated the practice. He adds:

"The smugglers know that only one flight per day is inspected, so they put these folks on other flights."

[C]orrupt U.S. immigration officials helped smugglers obtain false identity documents, so the illegals could "hit the beach with dry clothes and immigration documents waiting for them . . ."

Maxwell reiterated his concern in April 2006, under "sworn testimony before House International Relations subcommittee on International Terrorism and Nonproliferation." According to his testimony, Maxwell’s office received numerous complaints of "USCIS employees providing material support to known terrorists or being influenced by foreign intelligence services."

[Maxwell testified that] one USCIS employee, "co-opted by a foreign intelligence entity," had "the ability to grant the immigration of their choosing to the person or persons of their choosing."

Government and the Media

While the corruption that Maxwell speaks of is directed at CIS and ICE, it would be a terrible mistake to overlook the corruption of government officials and the media who have failed to alert us to these and other concerns. In fact, the issue of border security has been spun so effectively, that it has been reduced to a pro- or anti-immigration debate. (We have gone from illegal immigrants, to illegals, to undocumented workers, to undocumented citizens, to just plain immigrants.)

Government officials have been pandering to a community of illegal immigrants that can't even vote. Meanwhile, conscientious Americans who are concerned for their safety, and the safety of their country, have been completely marginalized in the process.

The media, on the other hand, has been bought and paid for by organizations like La Raza, whose message is quite simple: you either support citizenship for all illegal immigrants, or you’re a racist. An organization called "The Race" is accusing Americans of being racist; now, that’s ironic.

The Solution

In recent years, journalistic integrity has been replaced by ideological dispositions. Among the worst offenders is the Associated Press, which is engaged in a journalistic jihad against the West. Unfortunately, the only recourse that Americans have to is to bring attention to the bias that pervades the media in general.

The government, on the other hand, is far more vulnerable to the average American. While mass impeachment of elected officials is an unfeasible course of action, voting out incumbents is not. Midterm elections are right around the corner and Americans should prepare themselves to vote across party lines. If a Democrat is willing to take on the real issue of border security, then a Democrat deserves our vote and likewise for a Republican.

Our government has enjoyed a free ride for far too long and the time has come for Americans to fight back. The people who are currently charged with governing our country are the last people that deserve such power. Once we face that simple truth, change will inevitably follow. After all, with a single ballot, we can change the entire system.

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  • http://gohah.blogspot.com Gordon Hauptfleisch

    Absolutely on-target. Not only is “President Bush’s negligence…criminal” it’s patently irreconciable to his policies about terrorism. Whatever he does now, five years after 9/11 will be too little, to late. And the Government and the Media, as you say, just turn a blind eye and distort the picture, bearing out the contention: “Meanwhile, conscientious Americans who are concerned for their safety, and the safety of their country, have been completely marginalized in the process.” Thanks for the pertinent facts and new info.

  • troll

    *journalistic jihad*

    nice – kinda rolls off the tounge

    troll

  • http://www.partisantimes.com Dr Politico

    Gordon,

    “it’s atently irreconciable to his policies about terrorism”

    You’re absolutely right. The war on terrorism needs to start at home and work outward. Not the other way around.

  • Bliffle

    Sometimes GWB is tough of felons, and sometimes he’s soft. Looks like a flip-flopper to some.

  • http://www.elitistpig.com Dave Nalle

    Bliff, there are many different kinds of criminal. Being considerate of those who have committed no crimes against person or property and hard on those who murder, rape and rob is pretty damned far from being a flip-flop. It’s called good sense.

    Dave

  • gonzo marx

    how about felony identity theft?

    how about forgery of federal or state documents?

    millions of these illegals use forged or stolen paperwork, and that number will skyrocket if the Bush 5 years and ya have Amnesty program goes through…

    millions will suddenly come up with the documentary “proof” of their being here forever..

    or don’t those count as “crimes” to you?

    Excelsior?

  • Bliffle

    “…there are many different kinds of criminal. Being considerate of those who have committed no crimes against person or property …”

    What crimes are left? Speeding? Jay walking?

  • Arch Conservative

    The immigration border debate has been a raging inferno lately.

    The problem of how to stop the flow of illegals coming across the southern border is a real poser..

    Earlier to the solution just came to me……… so simple… just one word that I am surpised no one has mentioned yet… at least not that I’ve heard yet………… a single word solution that if employed corretly would surely stem the tide of illegals within days of implementation……..

    what is that word?

    LANDMINES!

    you think i’m fucking kidding? well i’m not

  • zingzing

    yes, let’s place landmines all around bing’s house. no one gets in, no one gets out.

    we can call it “bing’s solution! or, cambodia, pt. 2!”

  • JustOneMan

    Hey arch thats a great idea! A couple of pictures of a few illegals on the front page of Norte de Ciudad Juarez Newspaper – looking like sorta like a blob of bean dip, guacamole and salsa…that will have them runnin for the border!!! In a southerly direction…

  • zingzing

    you two are sick, sick people with no respect for human dignity (or life).

    the way you pat each others’ backs is also pretty nasty. ever heard of frotting? not sure if i spelled that right. anyway, look it up. i’d wikipedia it. probably under “frot.”

  • JustOneMan

    #1 Gordon Gefiltefish

    You omitted a big hole in your statements…the Dems are equally liable…they also believe that the illegals will become voters someday…the fools that they are….this is lunacy…close the borders…show a military force at the border…and fine and arrest employers harboring this criminals

  • Arch Conservative

    I lose respect for thier “human dignity” when they act on thier lack of respect for my countries laws zing.

    Don’t wanna get blown up? Simple. DON’T CROSS THE FUCKING BORDER ILLEGALLY!

    Figures you’d know what frot means zing.

    Frot you!

  • JustOneMan

    Hey Ring Ding…”why can we all just get along”…
    Dont you mean “farting”?

    “You’re like a steamed vegetable, only smarter!”
    Sponge Bob Square Pants

  • JustOneMan

    Ring Ding whats with you and all of your “gay” tendencies…I mean references???

    Hmmmmm…not that theres anything wrong with that?

  • http://www.elitistpig.com Dave Nalle

    how about felony identity theft?

    how about forgery of federal or state documents?

    If someone was harmed, someone should be punished. How about punishing the people who forge the documents and giving the immigrants who really don’t know what they’re getting into a break?

    millions of these illegals use forged or stolen paperwork, and that number will skyrocket if the Bush 5 years and ya have Amnesty program goes through…

    Well, that makes no sense at all. If the Bush plan goes through then no one will NEED forged documents.

    millions will suddenly come up with the documentary “proof” of their being here forever..

    or don’t those count as “crimes” to you?

    I draw a line between actions done which cause harm to other individuals and actions intended to advance one’s own interests with no intention or consciousness of harm. If all crimes were treated exactly the same we’d be executing people for traffic violations.

    Dave

  • zingzing

    bing-my gf told me about it one day. she also told me about the “rusty trombone” and the “donkey punch” that day. she’s like that.

    jom-just gettin’ off on you two strokin’ your egos.

    and, bing again-so, are you happy to see dead mexicans rotting in the no-man’s-lands? sick puppy.

  • JustOneMan

    Mexicans??? We dont need no stinkin Mexicans!

    Ding-Dong– its a matter of risk and reward…if the chances are that you might die…I think they would think twice…

    Heres one for you left-louies…how comes we are all over WalMart for being the big bad employer for not providing insurance for employees (eventhough they were never obligated by law to do so)..but the same politicians dont offer legislation to boycott Mexican imports or put a BIG luxury tax on Mexican vacations…well what do you have to say???

  • zingzing

    yer being racist and inhumane.

    there already is a chance that they might die trying to get over here.

    and what do walmart and mexican vacations have to do with each other?

  • zingzing

    and don’t say a damn word about race-bating. “stinkin mexicans” and your “put landmines in their path” bullshit already makes that a moot point.

  • zingzing

    baiting.

  • JR

    Dave Nalle: Bliff, there are many different kinds of criminal. Being considerate of those who have committed no crimes against person or property and hard on those who murder, rape and rob is pretty damned far from being a flip-flop. It’s called good sense.

    That sounds pretty reasonable. If only the Bush administration weren’t so zealously going after drug users, to the point of squelching Mexico’s efforts at decriminalization.

  • http://www.elitistpig.com Dave Nalle

    You don’t have to convince me, JR. The War on Drugs makes no sense at all as a matter of natuonal policy. It’s another example of pandering – in this case to the grey haired AARP types who fear drug-crazed hordes of young rampaging in the streets and stealing their social security checks. Completely irrational, but fear is always easy to play to.

    Dave

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  • http://www.codexalimentarious.com/ Richard Brodie

    Dave says: I draw a line between actions done which cause harm to other individuals and actions intended to advance one’s own interests with no intention or consciousness of harm.

    OK, So what about the millions of Amercians who do various kinds of construction work without a license. They do it to “advance their own interest”, and with “no intention or consciousness of harm”, because they may not have the required four years of documentable experience, and can earn a lot more money “contracting” illegally than they can by working for someone else. And arguably the public is benefitted because without these people a lot of work wouldn’t get done, and people are generally able to get work done for a lot less money.

    I think it boils down to a double standard promulgated by xenophiles like yourself:

    1. As long as you are an illegal non-citizen you can break the law with no punishment or consequences.

    2. If you are an American citizen, you will be punished to the fullest extent for breaking the law.

  • http://hml21st.com Beauty

    The death of mainstream media is on target and “We have gone from illegal immigrants, to illegals, to undocumented workers, to undocumented citizens, to just plain immigrants.” is dangerous. Immigrants, terrorism etc will only be resolved when this great nation cleans up its corrupt ways. “greed is good” of the 80s must be seen to change to “I care” about the next person and not Me Inc as exported to the rest of the world by the USA.

  • http://www.elitistpig.com Dave Nalle

    Richard, do you not even read the things you write? You just suggested that Americans breaking the law are good, but immigrants breaking the law are bad. What kind of sense does that make? Talk about double standards. No one has ever said that lawbreakers of whatever stripe shouldn’t be punished. How about we punish all crimes appropriately – fines for immigrating illegally and fines for contracting without a license. And then make sure that construction workers doing skilled labor are at least supervised by someone licensed regardless of their ethnicity or nation of origin.

    Dave

  • Arch Conservative

    yer being racist and inhumane.

    NO we’re not…………

    the landmines go boom if you step on them wether you’re mexican or not.

  • http://www.codexalimentarious.com/ Richard Brodie

    You just suggested that Americans breaking the law are good, but immigrants breaking the law are bad.

    You’re the one who’s always saying that immigrants breaking federal immigration law is good for the economy and that illegals shouldn’t be punished. I’m just trying to trap you into showing a double standard by getting you to say that Americans breaking state contracting law is NOT good for the economy, and that they SHOULD be punished.

    How about we punish all crimes appropriately – fines for immigrating illegally and fines for contracting without a license.

    I maintain that the net benefit to the country from illegal immigration is negative, and that the appropriate penalty for breaking our immigration laws is the same penalty that non-Mexicans typically get for that crime, namely deportation.

    As far as doing work without a license, I say that the proper remedy for that is to let Americans be FREE to have work done for them by whomsover they damn well choose.

    I called my state contractors licensing board and told them I had a really nice entry door that I purchased for $1,500 and that I would like to have a non-licensed handyman, whose work I trusted, hang it for me. I was aware that in our state $500 is the largest job that can legally be done by a non-licensed worker, but I pointed out that the handyman would not be purchasing the door for me as a part of his “contract”, and I would only be paying him $100 to do the hanging. Incredibly this bureaucrat’s response was that the handyman should know how valuable the door was, and so it would be illegal for him to hang it for me, since the $500 limit applies to the total of materials and labor, even if the homeowner himself purchases the material!

    When I told him how insane I thought this was, he tried to argue that it was for my own protection, since I would more easily be able to go after a licensed contractor if the job was botched. I told him I thought that was bullshit, because just having a state license is not necessarily a guarantee that someone will do a higher quality job than another person without a license, and that my only REAL protection is to be able to hire a person whose REPUTATION for doing quality work is known to me.

    This ridiculous state of affairs is of course the result of ESTABLISHED industry interests hiring lobbyists to influence idiot legislators to pass laws that are basically designed to protect them from new competition. It is of course all very cleverly disguised in high-sounding rhetoric, and packaged for public consumption as being something that will benefit consumers, when in reality the ultimate effect is to hurt consumers by preventing market forces from being able work to bring prices down, thereby raising the general standard of living.

  • http://bonamassablog.us Joan Hunt

    First, it’s disingenuous to blame illegal immigration and border security problems on Bush alone. This had been a problem for decades. DECADES.

    I’ve lived in San Diego for 30+ years and the story is always the same: not enough money to adequately fund the Border Patrol and not enough people to staff it.

    As well, I know plenty of fine people working for the Border Patrol and they’re working their asses off to prevent anyone from entering this country illegally.

    You paint this picture with a big brush and broad strokes. That does a disservice to many of the people who are genuinely working to protect our borders.