Skip to comments.Border Patrol veterans speak out
Posted on 10/04/2010 9:17:04 AM PDT by AuntB
The National Association of Former Border Patrol Officers, or NAFBPO, has issued a proposal for "Comprehensive Immigration Enforcement and Reform." Unlike the speeches by Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, these proposals have some relation to reality.
Who are the members of NAFBPO? Some are retired and former high-ranking Border Patrol managers, individuals who managed the agency's training academy, supervised hundreds of agents in field operations or held senior positions at headquarters. Cumulatively, they have several hundred years of professional experience guarding our borders. The picture they paint of what needs to be done is based on that experience, not political expediency.
The NAFBPO 24-page proposal is divided into 10 "steps," each with several specific proposals. It should come as no surprise that step No. 1 is to secure our borders, both at the ports of entry and between them. ... Among the others steps are interior enforcement, tackling ID fraud, rejection of amnesty and a workable temporary worker program.
The retired Border Patrol officers support expanded Temporary Worker Programs, but only "after demonstration of a secure border and proof of an effective employer sanctions program." That will not please the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, which has for years opposed both of those measures.
We may see an attempt by Obama and Pelosi to push through an amnesty bill in a lame duck session of the 111th Congress, and if that happens, none of the NAFBPO proposals will be included.
The bill being promoted by Speaker Pelosi, Rep. Gutierrez and the Congressional Hispanic Caucus has more in common with the views of the La Raza than the ideas presented by retired Border Patrol officers.
I salute the patriots in NAFBPO who took the time to organize and present a thoughtful and comprehensive menu of "immigration enforcement and reform" proposals.
(Excerpt) Read more at wnd.com ...
Like all of us, they see our porous borders and want to see them made secure. But unlike the rest of us, they really know how to do it. The NAFBPO 24-page proposal is divided into 10 "steps," each with several specific proposals. It should come as no surprise that step No. 1 is to secure our borders, both at the ports of entry and between them. What may surprise many people is that they see nine additional steps as essential to true immigration reform and enforcement of our laws. Among the others steps are interior enforcement, tackling ID fraud, rejection of amnesty and a workable temporary worker program.
E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.nafbpo.org
"Proposal for Comprehensive Immigration Enforcement and Reform"
NAFBPO is the organization that brings us the M3Foreign News Report translated daily.
Keyword on FR: NAFBPO
Todays M3 Report follows.
Frontera (Tijuana, Baja Calif.) 9/30/10
Arizona law SB1070 boosts smugglers fees
Crossing over to the other side (read: the U.S.) used to cost Mexicans two thousand dollars or more; however, smugglers rates have now reached $4,500 dollars starting last June. The approval of Law SB1070 in Arizona has allowed the coyotes to fill their pockets due to the criminalization of immigrants in that state. New Yorks Tepeyac Association, which looks after the rights of immigrants, pointed out that, nevertheless, this 125% increase has not impacted the attempts to cross the border.
Migrants have changed routes now. Arizona is no longer a viable option and now people attempt to cross mostly through New Mexico, California and Texas, according to Joel Magallanes, executive director of the Tepeyac organization. Magallanes added that prices not only impact on Mexicans: its the South Americans who must come up with a larger payment to reach the American dream. It used to cost them $7,000 dollars, while now the pollero (chicken herder or smuggler) demands some $15,000. Central Americans have a slight discount, but their cost has risen from the previous $6,000 and has now reached $10,000. The Tepeyac group also pointed out the insecurity on the border and the current high volume of the Rio Grande River, both of which increase the risk for those who attempt to reach the neighboring country.
La Prensa Grafica (San Salvador, El Salvador) 9/29/10
Violent El Salvador
There have been 3,003 homicides in El Salvador between January 1st and September 28 of 2010. This number was reached despite the fact that since last November both the countrys National Police and its armed forces have carried out security tasks jointly, out in the streets, in dangerous areas, jails and border areas. Septembers current tally is 201, an average of seven murders daily and a lower number than in the previous months, when the average reached eleven to thirteen daily.
El Universo (Guayaquil, Ecuador), Listin Diario (Santo Domingo, Dominican Rep.) 9/29/10
Ring that smuggled Cubans into the Dominican Rep. busted
The Dominican Republics army announced the arrest of 13 persons linked to a network that smuggled Cubans and that used Ecuador and Haiti as intermediate stops in order to take Cubans into the Dominican Republic. The armys head of intelligence, Henry Gomez, reported that the Cubans would leave Cuba and travel to Ecuador and from there they would enter the Dominican Republic without documents. The article cites the names and nationalities of those arrested, including persons from Ecuador, Paraguay, Italy, and also one Alexis Guilare Veras, Cuban, said to have permanent residence status in the United States.
Russia & Ecuador eliminate tourist visas
At the recent meeting of the UN General Assembly, the Chancellors of Russia and Ecuador signed an accord doing away with the requirement of a tourist visa for citizens of each of their countries to enter the other for a period of up to ninety days. The Ecuadoran ambassador to the Russian Federation emphasized that the accord would mean an increase in the flow of tourists.
Dollars flow southbound (two different areas and events, but same goals)
El Heraldo (Tegucigalpa, Honduras) 9/29/10
Four Colombians attempting to board a commercial flight out of Honduras to Colombia were found to be in possession of 1.3 million dollars they had not declared.
El Bravo (Matamoros, Tamaulipas) 9/30/10
Seven U.S. citizens and seven Mexicans were arrested by U.S. officials at Hidalgo, Texas, (right across the Rio Grande River from Reynosa, Mexico) while attempting to enter Mexico aboard a bus bound for Mexico City. They were carrying a total of 3.1 million dollars, all undeclared and hidden in at least 17 suitcases and in deflated air mattresses. All seven US citizens were born between 1988 and 1992, while the Mexican citizens year of birth ranged from 1959 to 1970
El Bravo (Matamoros, Tamaulipas) 9/30/10
El Diario (Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua) 9/30/10
More federales assassinated
On Wednesday morning, in Ciudad Juarez, two Mexican federal agents were drinking alcoholic beverages outside the Rio Verde Hotel when they were both shot. The killers then went around the block and finished them off. The death toll for federal agents killed in 2010 now reaches 29; Juarez municipal police has lost 43 officers this year, and the total for all public security agencies personnel murdered in Juarez is 110. El Debate (a Sinaloa, Mexico paper) also referred to this same event and added that the two victims were undercover intelligence agents working to identify drug retail sale locales and to produce a list of the local areas mafia leaders.
- end of report
More from NAFBPO
El Universo (Mexico City) 9/29/10
Violence and insecurity costing Mexico
Mexicos Industrial Chambers Federation reported that the cost of insecurity in Mexico reaches 7% of the countrys gross national product, the equivalent of 9,640 pesos (U.S. $770) per person. According to an estimate by this paper, resources lost due to the fight against drug traffic and crime in general represent 154 billion pesos. Some domestic and international organizations believe that the cost of insecurity in Mexico is above 15% of the countrys gross national product.
Tourism has also been affected, not only in the border area but also in such places as Cancun and Los Cabos. Conventions are no longer seen, or are cancelling and going elsewhere.
Thirty Gulf Cartel members arrested
Mexican marines arrested thirty Gulf Cartel members and seized an arsenal of two rocket launchers, 53 firearms (including 43 long barrel) and nearly 10,000 rounds of ammo, 24 hand grenades, uniforms and hundreds of thousands of both pesos and U.S. dollars. All this is reported to have taken place in the state of Tamaulipas within the last 48 hours.
El Universo (Guayaquil Ecuador) 9/28/10
Migrants ask for divine protection
In Ecuador, Christian devotion baptized the diminutive image of Our Lord of Andacocha with different nicknames, among them Little Saint Coyote, referring to the thousands of Ecuadorans who entrust themselves to this image when theyre going to set out on an illegal journey to the United States. For this reason they also call him Lord of the Migrants, while inside and outside the country hes known as the Lord of Miracles.
El Heraldo (Tegucigalpa, Honduras) 9/28/10
Single visa for some Central American countries
The directors of the national immigration agencies of four Central American countries, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras and Nicaragua (C4,) are meeting in Honduras. They intend to establish a single, uniform visa, applicable for all persons from elsewhere in the world when visiting any of the C4 countries. Residents of any C4 country would be able to enter any of the other member countries simply by presenting their identity cards.
The immigration heads are also evaluating strategies to combat organized crime, especially people trafficking. The Honduran Government Minister said that danger must be kept away from the region, especially the presence of ever more dangerous persons from other countries, such as the Iranian recently apprehended on the border with Nicaragua, while he was attempting to enter the country.
Correo (Leon, Guanajuato) 9/28/10
Mexico calls meeting to deal with migrants and violence
Representatives of 14 western hemisphere countries, including the U.S. and Canada, will attend a meeting in Mexico to strengthen international cooperation in the combat against organized crime, whose lawlessness affects citizens and aliens in the continents countries. The meeting will begin on Oct. 8 and will also be attended by delegates from the OAS, the International Migration Organization and the Regional Migration Conference. The article also cites the recent killing of 72 aliens in the Mexican state of Tamaulipas.
El Financiero (Mexico City) 9/29/10
White House: immigration reform makes good economic sense
Melody Barnes, National Policy director for President Barack Obama, said today that an integral migratory reform and the legalization of some 11 million of undocumented persons make good economic sense. In a forum about immigration, organized by the Hamilton Project, Barnes indicated that a reform would encourage highly trained immigrants to remain in the United States and will assure that undocumented workers pay their taxes. She noted that, The taxes that immigrants pay can be an important part of the governments revenue in coming years, and could help in dealing with some of the fiscal challenges that we face. She pointed out that, from a security standpoint, a reform would permit a review of their criminal record so that law enforcement officials can focus on larger threats, and underlined that Democrat Senator Richard Durbin has reintroduced the Dream Act project to legalize hundreds of thousands of undocumented youth. Also, that the White House will work with Senator Robert Menendez about his plans to introduce an integral migratory reform proposal soon, which she hopes the Congress may approve for its enactment by President Obama.
During his video-conference presentation from New Mexico, Governor Bill Richardson reiterated his support for an immigration reform, though he warned that anti-immigrant laws such as Arizonas SB1070 can affect those efforts. He also indicated that he expects President Obama and the Congress will take immigration reform as a national priority after the November legislative elections and when the new Congress assumes its functions next year.
La Jornada (Mexico City) 9/29/10
City Hall attacked
An object believed to have been a grenade was hurled this morning at the Matamoros City Hall. Two persons were injured and the front of the building was damaged.
Five Mexican city mayors have been assassinated since Aug. 18, two of them in the border state of Tamaulipas; a candidate for governor of that same state was murdered in late June. (Matamoros is right across the Rio Grande River from Brownsville, Texas.)
Milenio (Mexico City) 9/29/10
Mexicos isolated population
(Recent heavy rains in Mexico caused a landslide that buried parts of the village of Tlahuitoltepec, state of Oaxaca, which rescue groups were unable to reach. Following is a portion of an op/ed by Roman Revueltas, who questions the existence of so many isolated villages in Mexico, and then ends by asking wouldnt it be a good thing to begin thinking about a great population reshuffling in Mexico?)
Suddenly, without warning, the brutal reality of a nation, such as ours, fragmented in small, isolated and distant communities. The people love their land, its true, but not so much so that the disastrous economic doesnt allow them to leave their home, family, language, customs and loved ones in search of a better future in strange lands. Millions of Mexicans emigrate to the United States of America and many of them dont return to their origins except to visit those who have remained behind and, imagine the vileness of this country, that the extortion by the police and the assaults by criminals confirm to them, as if it were necessary, that Mexico almost doesnt offer shelter nor opportunities to honest people.
AFGE - Looking Out For You? Hardly
9-21-10 AFGE proudly announces "The American Federation of Government Employees stands in solidarity with our brothers and sisters..." in a promotion of the "One Nation March" on October 2nd in Washington DC. So, who are these "brothers and sisters" they are so proud to "stand in solidarity" with? We list some of them below, and a few things they stand for. You be the judge as to whether AFGE is spending its resources to help Border Patrol agents. AFGE has no problem taking most of your dues money and giving you lip service, but when the rubber hits the road, they fall short almost every time.
Immigrant Solidarity Network - "No human is illegal" and "Yes to a path to legalization without condition for undocumented immigrants NOW."
Immigration Equality - They promote "help for lesbian, gay, bisexual and HIV positive" illegal aliens.
SEIU - Rabidly anti-immigration law enforcement and anti-Border Patrol.
Democratic Socialists of America - Pro-illegal immigration and encourages a socialist takeover of our country.
Committees of Correspondence for Democracy and Socialism - Pro socialist website and sternly warns, "Remember that the Border Patrol is in fact the nation's largest police force."
American Friends Service Committee - Longtime anti-Border Patrol group who "protest lethal use of force by Border Patrol" and "Demand accountability for deaths on the border." as well as protesting the "overwhelming and inappropriate use of lethal force in response to unarmed people"<>p> National Council of La Raza - Vehement anti-Border Patrol group that wants open borders and are calling on people to "boycott Arizona" on their website.
Queers for Economic Justice - Not sure what they are about, but what a professional sounding group to be associated with.
There are many others, and it's a complete embarrassment for AFGE to once again align itself with extremist groups who want our members prosecuted, incarcerated and fired. John Gage has a long history of selling us out, dating back to the time he donated AFGE money to Gray Davis, a California governor who was promoting drivers licenses for illegal aliens. We protested this donation, and he justified his action with the tired old "We can't let a Republican take that office" mantra. Aligning yourself with groups who seek to destroy your members' careers, livelihood and dignity hardly seems appropriate for an organization who takes most of our money and is supposed to be watching our backs.
I see some enterprising freeper has added the keyword ‘wingnutdaily’.
Ok. Did you really thing the NY Times was going to publish ANYTHING pro enforcement by NAFBPO or anyone else??? The story is the story...WND just happens to be the one who would print it. Disregard these fine people who are actually trying to do something about this mess at your own peril. It’s past time to use the old meme of ‘kill the messenger’.
Thanks for the info, MamaDearest.
Nafbpo has a new blog also. Lots of interesting comments.
I’m looking forward to voting for Tancredo for Governor.
From another source, for those of you who just can’t abide WND.
A serious 10-step comprehensive immigration reform plan from retired Border Patrol Agents
As the debate on immigration continues to heat up across the United States, not only has it made its way into many political races, but pro-immigrant groups like La Raza has pulled out their Stradivarius violins and started playing the here for a better life tune- however immigration reform remains empty rhetoric from both parties and has left Americans divided.
Perhaps the 112th Congress should hold a round table meeting and listen to the guys who have worked on the front lines of immigration their entire careers the National Association of Former Border Patrol Officers (NAFBPO).
The organization, who also puts out a daily newsletter called the M3 Report, released their 25-page comprehensive immigration solution plan today. The 10-step immigration reform plan, if followed, could actually find favor with many Americans.
The leaders at NAFBPO contend that their experience qualifies them to discuss the flaws in present laws policies and practices, to set out steps that they see as necessary to improve control of illegal immigration, and to suggest improvements to the system for legal immigration.
It all starts with enforcement. Without enforcement, nothing else matters and America is doomed to repeat the failed 1986 amnesty act which wasnt implemented properly and was infested with massive fraud.
NAFBPO commends all those lawmakers who understand securing the borders is priority number one. The group wants Americans to be unaware that this effort is two-pronged. The obvious choice for illegal entry into the U.S remains the backcountry.
Over the past few years Washington has swelled the Border Patrol ranks and NAFBPO believes the current level of 20,000 agents is sufficient to perform their jobs, but would like to see these agents have all the tools necessary to successfully enforce immigration law and apprehend illegal border crossers.
Again enforcement is imperative and if there is no meaningful penalty put in place there will be a deterrent for repeat offenders.
The second prong in securing the borders is better detection at the larger and smaller ports of entry. U.S. border enforcement strategy suffers from a severe imbalance of resources, NAFBPO says. The technology required to enforce border operations at the ports of entry have suffered a lot of attention. Criminals notice such things and adjust their modus operandi to take their operations to where the risks are lower.
The inspection of those entering through the ports of entry, like El Paso, Texas, Nogales, Arizona or San Diego, California often choose them as the path of least resistance. CBP management concentrates on long border wait times and often prompts port-of-entry supervisors to get the lines moving. This expediency comes with a price, more illegal contraband and undocumented persons- all in the name of keeping the lines moving.
This CBP practice is what human traffickers and drug smugglers count on when they choose their entry points into the U.S.
A 2009 Texas Border Coalition report indicated that much smuggling of people, drugs, and weapons has shifted from the open lands of the border between the ports to the ports themselves, concealed in the vast volume of traffic that is international trade. As many as three out of four aliens entering the U.S. illegally may be coming through those neglected ports of entry, the report concludes.
The answer to this problem resides with expanded port of entry facilities and additional personnel. If American companies can build vans equipped with x-ray capabilities of seeing into homes, U.S. ports of entry should be able to effectively screen every truck, car and pedestrian entering the United States.
Next in line is interior enforcement. While many agree that illegal apprehensions are down because of the economy, if interior enforcement was in place during good times and bad many who come illegally would find it difficult to get a job and return home on their own.
NAFBPO contends key elements of the interior enforcement include; employer sanctions, prosecuting those who commit immigration fraud, respond to other law enforcement calls regarding illegal aliens, beef-up Immigration and Customs Enforcements (ICE) ranks to deal with interior enforcement and finally make sure no illegal alien feels safe from detection or removal.
Former Border Czar and current commissioner of Customs and Border Protection, Alan Bersin says, This is not about sealing the border. Until we have a legitimate labor market between Mexico and the United States, people will attempt to come here to work. Contrary to what the commissioner says illegal immigrants come to America for jobs.
Using the stubborn economy as an example, many would-be immigrants have already returned to their home countries because they cannot find employment and if interior enforcement is ramped up theory dictates potential immigrants would no longer have an incentive to enter the U.S.
Another fact worth pointing out is America appears to be taking the best workers from poor countries, therefore leaving those who either cannot or will not work to improve their own countrys economic situation.
Moving forward America needs to use the tools Congress has allotted like E-verify, 287g, Social Security no match letters (Meg Whitman ring a bell?), employer sanctions, a non-citizen entry-exit matching system and withholding federal funds from those cities who operate with sanctuary policies.
In an effort to crack down on fraud lawmakers in Washington D.C. need to implement tamper-resistant Social Security cards, consider the Real ID Act as well as implement an U.S. exit process which would help national security track down when folks enter and leave the country.
Once these standards are put into place and the border is secure, legislators can work on implementing a temporary worker program.
Again the goal should not be to reward illegal behavior. This visa program must be reserved for only temporary workers and not those trying to game the system. In order to guarantee a fair process these workers must apply for the temporary status in their home countries and they must appear in a consulate or dedicated office that can perform criminal background checks before temporary visas are issued.
The most controversial portion of comprehensive immigration reform remains amnesty.
NAFBPO makes it very clear they do not support amnesty and refer to the endemic fraud that took place during the 1986 amnesty granted under President Ronald Reagan. They also indicate that if Americas immigration laws were enforced amnesty would not be an issue.
Granting amnesty to 12 million illegals (this is a lowball number) not only presents a daunting task for those reviewing the paperwork but processing those petitions would take years and open the door to fraud. When lawmakers look to add the family reunification provision into the process, the number of those seeking amnesty can balloon by 20-30 million and suddenly Americans are saddled with additional strains on education, law enforcement and health care.
Amnesty also comes with a price tag and The Heritage Foundation puts that cost in the $2.6 trillion range over the next 20 years. Staggering numbers considering the national debt is well over $12 trillion.
While the folks at NAFBPO do not contemplate or encourage mass arrests that lead to deportation, they do believe a respectable and honest application process can weed out the lawbreakers.
In an effort to toughen up the immigration process NAFBPO suggest, Illegal aliens be denied access to jobs, public benefits and sources of identification (drivers licenses), vehicle registrations, mortgages and loans from federally-insured institutions and tuition assistance at public educational facilities.
While looking at all the issues related to illegal immigration seem daunting, finding solutions may be as easy as holding round table discussions. Congress has already approved numerous tools for law enforcement and if these laws were integrated throughout government agencies charged with immigration control, it would be much more difficult for illegal aliens to game the system.
The U.S. is already the world leader when it comes to legal immigration; more than one million folks are allowed to obtain their part of the American dream each year. Millions more place their names on a waiting list and remain on the list for their turn. However, there are many politicians and business owners who allow millions to skirt U.S. immigration law and cut in line.
Cutting in line and not following the law should not be what America stands for, but running away from the illegal immigration debate will not solve the dilemma either. Hopefully the 112th Congress will work diligently to ensure Americas laws are enforced and illegal immigration reform solved.
To learn more about NAFBPO; http://m3report.wordpress.com/
Sweet and kind Mexican desperados!
Typically sweet progressive socialist desperados!
Thanks very much for the ping/links/posts. Outstanding information/education.