Skip to comments.SAFETY'S NOT NO. 1
Posted on 12/16/2004 9:13:06 AM PST by worldclass
Yet fear of offending the race and rights lobbies has trumped national security at DHS. This spring, for example, Asa Hutchinson the department's undersecretary for Border and Transportation Security and now a contender for the top job shut down a successful border-patrol initiative to catch illegal aliens.
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Absolutely insane. Imagine the next "9/11" type hearing if we are attacked again and ask yourself if these committee's solve anything.
I forgot this quote also:
Every week, agents in the border patrol's Swanton sector catch Middle Easterners and North Africans sneaking into Vermont. And every week, they immediately release those trespassers with a polite request to return for a deportation hearing. Why? The Department of Homeland Security failed to budget enough funding for sufficient detention space for lawbreakers.
Whatever politician grabs this issue to defend this country will be grabbing a brass election ring.
Following the lead of the Department of Fish and Game, Homeland Security is implimented the "catch and release program".
The President says that his "number one job is protecting the American people". How is this accomplished with porous borders?
Tancredo tried to and got bitch-slapped by W. Nothing's going to happen until after we get another catastrophic hit.
LOL -- How true.
At this point, I hope when the Jihadis strike again, and they will, they hit D.C. when Congress is in session.
The two headed snake needs a real wakeup call.
One that doesn't have a "snooze" button.
thanks JS! bump^
a good article to bookmark:
It explains how "guest worker" programs are basically "captive worker" programs, just one step above slavery-and why farmers can and should do without illegal immigrants.
I don't think much of Asa but never forget that he's only implementing policies of the current administration.
With all the intelligence available to a sitting president and regular briefings from the director of Homeland Sec., does anyone think Bush doesn't really know what's going on at the border?
"Whatever politician grabs this issue to defend this country will be grabbing a brass election ring."
It should say "whatever DEMOCRAT politician".
Only a Democrat could push for reform in this area, because any GOP efforts will be labeled as racist. That's why Hillary can afford to be to the right of Bush on this one.
"does anyone think Bush doesn't really know what's going on at the border?"
Given that he is from Texas and a friend of Fox, he knows VERY well. Frankly, I held my nose when I voted for Bush. If Peroutka was on the ballot in this state, I would have voted for him.
Was Time magazine bragging or complaining? I rarely read them anymore.
Probably more important than anything is our government's coziness with the corrupt Mexican governement. It seems what ever Mexico wants, it gets. Mexico needs to take care of it's own people, not us. And yes, they can afford it.
Aired 12/16/04 On CNN ---snip----
DOBBS: Tonight, an estimated 15 million illegal aliens live in this country, at least half of them from Mexico. Many are here because they chose to flee crushing poverty in Mexico.
But, in point of fact, Mexico is one of the richest countries in Latin America, amongst -- the millionaires, billionaires and its wealth concentrated in the hands of very few.
Casey Wian reports from Los Angeles.
CASEY WIAN, CNN CORRESPONDENT: They sneak across the border seeking jobs they can't find in Mexico. The question isn't why they come, it's why can't Mexico's economy support its own people.
Nearly half of Mexico's population lives in poverty. Ten percent are indigent, existing on a dollar a day. Yet the nation has vast wealth. Mexico has more "Forbes" billionaires, 11, than all but eight other nations. It has more billionaires than Saudi Arabia, Switzerland or Taiwan. It also has more than 85,000 millionaires.
GEORGE W. GRAYSON, COLLEGE OF WILLIAM & MARY: There is a small economic elite who live like maharajas, and there's a political elite that protects them. Our border provides an escape valve which really lets the Mexican political and economic elite off the hook in terms of providing opportunities for their own people.
WIAN (on camera): About 10 percent of Mexico's 105 million people live here in the United States. They're called national heroes by President Vicente Fox because this year they'll send home about $16 billion, more than any Mexican industry except oil.
(voice-over): The country sits on oil reserves worth about $400 billion, but Mexico's state-owned oil company, Pemex, doesn't have the investment funds to tap those reserves, and Mexico's Congress refuses to allow foreign investment in Pemex.
Mexico's outdated tax system is plagued by widespread tax evasion. It collects taxes at less than half the rate of the United States. As a result, Mexico's public-school and health-care systems suffer. CHRIS WOODRUFF, CENTER FOR U.S.-MEXICO STUDIES: We now realize -- and particularly in a world where capitalists are mobile -- that redistribution isn't going to work, and what people focus on now instead is allowing the poor to build assets. Mexico has undertaken some programs which will allow the poor to do that. But that's not a process that changes overnight.
WIAN: Meanwhile, the gap between rich and poor is growing. So Mexico continues to export one of its most valuable assets, people.
And a federal judge in Texas today dismissed charges against a defendant in an illegal alien smuggling case. The judge says there was no evidence the defendant profited from the smuggling scheme. Nineteen people were found dead in a truck found in southern Texas in 2003. Two co-defendants will stay on trial in that case.
Maybe we should invade Mexico and annex them. I wouldn't mind a few of those billions either.
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