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Flow of illegal immigrants to U.S. starts to slow
International Herald Tribune ^ | February 20, 2007 | James C. McKinley Jr.

Posted on 02/20/2007 4:44:47 PM PST by A. Pole

SAN LUIS RÍO COLORADO, Mexico: All along the U.S.-Mexican border, there are signs that the measures that the U.S. Border Patrol and other agencies have taken over the past year, from erecting new barriers to posting 6,000 National Guardsmen as armed sentinels, are beginning to slow the flow of illegal immigrants into the United States.

For 10 years, Eduardo Valenzuela has been crossing the Mexican border near Yuma, Arizona, illegally, trekking over desert scrub and hopping on a freight train to get to his job with a construction company in Phoenix, Arizona.

But on a recent afternoon, Valenzuela and four travel companions from his hometown of Los Mochis plopped down on a bench in a park in the border town of San Luis Río Colorado, exhausted and dispirited. Border patrol agents had caught them two times over three days, hounding them with helicopters and four-wheel-drive trucks.

"It's become much more difficult," Valenzuela said, echoing the comments of dozens of other migrants.

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Border Patrol commanders argue the slackening flow of migrants belies the conventional wisdom that it is impossible to stem illegal migration along a 2,000 mile, or 3,200 kilometer, border. Many veteran officers in the force are now beginning to believe that with sufficient resources, it can be controlled.

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One of the migrants was a 51-year-old plumber from Acámbaro, Guanajuato, who asked that his name not be used because he was ashamed of the criminal conviction.

[...]

"I had no idea until they grabbed us and told us we were going to court," he recalled. "They are using barbaric techniques." But he acknowledged the stint in jail had convinced him not to try again, even if he is unable to pay his son's college tuition.

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(Excerpt) Read more at iht.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Culture/Society; Extended News; Government; Mexico; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: aliens; amnesty; builditnow; crimaliens; fence; identitytheft; idtheft; illegal; illegalimmigration; immigrantlist; immigration; invasion; invasionusa; jobs; wall
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To: A. Pole

I remember reading around here that the border patrol said that 10 million probably got through in 2006. We must be looking at 5 to 7 million this year then, if it has slowed down.


41 posted on 02/20/2007 5:47:07 PM PST by TheLion (How about "Comprehensive Immigration Enforcement," for a change)
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To: A. Pole
I don't trust this for a second. They are trying to stop the building of the fence.

The fence must be built. All illegals must be deported.

Enforcement first. Then we can consider other things.

42 posted on 02/20/2007 5:47:58 PM PST by LibKill (ENOUGH! Take the warning labels off everything and let Saint Darwin do his job.)
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To: TommyDale

...I heard the Titanic has quit taking on water too.....


43 posted on 02/20/2007 5:48:43 PM PST by NorCalRepub
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To: A. Pole
"The U.S. government has also begun punishing migrants with prison time from the first time they enter illegally in some areas. For instance, along the 210 mile border covered by the Del Rio office of the Border Patrol, everyone caught crossing illegally is charged in federal court and sentenced to at least two weeks in prison."

Now here is something that will work, I noticed they could get up to six months....we should give them all of it. This will make a good deterrent.

44 posted on 02/20/2007 5:56:31 PM PST by TheLion (How about "Comprehensive Immigration Enforcement," for a change)
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To: Mikey_1962
You wouldn't know by the numbers I see here in rural Alabama...

Or here in Central Ohio.

45 posted on 02/20/2007 6:07:28 PM PST by buccaneer81 (Bob Taft has soiled the family name for the next century.)
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To: NorCalRepub
...I heard the Titanic has quit taking on water too.....

LOL! Nominating this for Reply of the Day!

46 posted on 02/20/2007 6:08:29 PM PST by LNewman
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To: A. Pole
Water finds its own level.


47 posted on 02/20/2007 6:12:07 PM PST by bannie
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To: bannie
Flow of illegal immigrants to U.S. starts to slow

As it does every year around this time.

48 posted on 02/20/2007 6:18:27 PM PST by Marine Inspector (Shhh, Iím hunting RINOs.)
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To: A. Pole
Many veteran officers in the force are now beginning to believe that with sufficient resources, it can be controlled.

BS, we always knew it could be controlled with sufficient resources.

49 posted on 02/20/2007 6:20:26 PM PST by Marine Inspector (Shhh, Iím hunting RINOs.)
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To: A. Pole

"They are using barbaric techniques."

We're using "barbaric" techniques? He knows nothing of barbaric! But I hope he stays home and takes a second job, so that his son will have a father.


50 posted on 02/20/2007 6:34:07 PM PST by oneamericanvoice (Support the Border Patrol!)
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To: Principled

...or South Mississippi


51 posted on 02/20/2007 8:25:00 PM PST by Islander7 ("Show me an honest politician and I will show you a case of mistaken identity.")
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To: A. Pole
Such news is always welcome. However, I'll believe that this is not an anomaly when I see sleazy contractors going to jail for hiring illegals, my apathetic neighbors mowing their own lawns, high school students working summers, spanish disappearing from stores like Walmart and Home Depot and city parks reverting back to Americans.
52 posted on 02/21/2007 4:17:00 AM PST by wgflyer (Liberalism is to society what HIV is to the immune system.)
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To: A. Pole

should have "started to slow" on 9/12/2001

"Ike did it, so can Bush!"


53 posted on 02/21/2007 5:51:58 AM PST by kellynla (Freedom of speech makes it easier to spot the idiots! Semper Fi!)
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To: A. Pole

Bush's fault.


54 posted on 02/21/2007 6:38:51 AM PST by nwrep
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To: A. Pole
Flow of illegal immigrants to U.S. starts to slow

Naively, I suspect the intersection of two factors might account
for this:

1. Leveling/slow-down of construction in the USA.
2. Running out of identities of US citizens to steal.

Yes, I'm being facetious. Just a bit.
55 posted on 02/21/2007 6:53:05 AM PST by VOA
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To: LibKill

Don't let any of this fool you. Nancy Pelosi and the other democrats are working right now on legislation to give illegal immigrant children in-state tuition and also working to pass a so called (amnesty) guest worker program. The Democrats are not our salvation. They are out for themselves. They say we will make college more affordable so children can go to college, but they are also making it more affordable for the children of illegal immigrants. Children who we have already bore the burden of educating, we now will bear the burden of subsidizing their college education. I really despair for this country. It is true that we had some growth in jobs, but of the majority of the jobs are low-wage levels. That means that low wage jobs are growing at an exponential rate, while middle class job growth is not very good. It is the middle class that is bearing the tax burden in this country. Not the poor, nor the rich. Now we are talking about not only giving citizenship to 12-20 million poor people, but allowing up to 100 million more into our country in the next twenty years. I know some of you don’t want to believe it, but a country needs educated workers coming into its country in order to keep its country afloat. Ninety five percent of the workers that are coming into American (legal and illegal) are uneducated. They will take low wage jobs on which they will pay little or no tax. In fact most of them will get the earned income tax credit, which will in effect mean that they will pay no taxes at all and get extra money back from the government. They will need public housing built for them which will be subsidized by middle class taxpayers, they will need schools built to accommodate their children and also have their health care paid for. In other words, they will be no economic benefit at all, but in effect a tax burden. No one blames them for wanting the American Dream, but no one can, without being hypocritical, blame middle class workers for wanting to keep their American Dream. America, like most countries, are selling their middle class citizens out. It’s about cheap labor this and cheap labor that. Well cheap labor is not cheap labor when the middle class workers are bearing the cost of educating, housing, and medical care for the low wage workers. It’s cheap labor from the businesses point of view. And for those of you out there who are thinking that well when they get amnesty, they will demand higher wages. I have news for you. These businesses will close down or leave the country. They care nothing for the illegal immigrant or American citizens. It’s about money for them. Just as it is for all of us. But at least for working American citizen, they are not cheating Peter (American Citizens) to exploit Paul (illegal immigrants.)


56 posted on 02/21/2007 1:32:15 PM PST by Edie
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