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June 23, 2010

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Sylvia

It seems to me that the best thing the USA can do would be to settle on defining one reasonable policy for immigration - and maintain it consistently. We hurt ourselves a lot when we flip-flop between easy stances and hard-line positions. Our immigration policy should be sensible and practical. It should not be a political football.

I don't expect our LE officers to keep out all illegal aliens. If they can stop the drug cartels and any possible terrorists ... that will be a major accomplishment for them. Even those objectives are a tall order.



Quite well stated Silvia. It is very commendable of you to not only understand, but to hold such a separation of the problems we face here on our Southwest border. In your commentary you have touched quite well upon the reality of the border, and I’d like to expound a bit:

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What you have stated here is the simple truth, and in my opinion the highest expectations which fall under the heading of a ‘’secured border’’ under the current polices. It is in this area of concern where the true nexus to Illegal Immigration, and of those of the criminal elements you reference is found. It’s a most difficult area to not only explore, but near impossible to fully understand, and through enforcement to get right a fair share of the time. To further this, and borrowing your own words: how do you catch a ‘’ terrorist, a drug smuggler, a human smuggler, DTO members, and gang members who work for a DTO‘’…if you do not interdict ALL that illegally cross the border? This has been the argument used from the ‘’lets build a big fence’’ crowd. Seemingly though a big fence and staffed by untold numbers of border guards (Border Patrol) our border would be secure. That simply is not the case, and such thinking falls far outside the box of reality, as the numbers of untold and overflowing drop houses in many hub cities will attest to. So how DO you secure the border to your( mine as well) expectations without interdicting all which illegally cross it? I of course have my own understanding of this, perhaps it’s the same as yours, or perhaps it isn’t. But since you introduced the subject I’ll let you shoot first.

Silvia,
I've just discovered your web site and I appreciate your research, analysis and insightful articles.

I live roughly 145 miles north of the Arizona-Mexico border. In the past two months I have found and documented 21 illegal alien smuggling sites that are within a 45 minute drive of my home. Documentation includes GPS coordinates, hundreds of photos, and analysis of dozens of discarded backpacks. All of these sites are "active" and many of them show evidence of recurring, long term use. In some cases the sites have seen activity as recently as one week ago. I have never seen the Border Patrol in any of these areas - and that means over a span of years - not weeks.


My question is this: If the BP and ICE do not operate against human and drug smugglers 125 to 145 miles inside Arizona, how will any Federal agency be able to declare that border security has been achieved - even by the most relaxed definition of the term? By the Border Patrol's own assessment, they claim to apprehend only one in three illegal alien border crossers. I shudder to think that is an acceptable standard.

I cannot accept that, for every 350 they apprehend, 650 slip through to smuggling transfer points deep inside the state, like the ones I have referenced.

I will follow your web site with great interest. Keep up the good work!
Thanks.

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