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Groups Ask Congress To Cut Border Enforcement Funds

Aired 11/22/11 on KPBS News.

The congressional supercommittee failed to settle on a bipartisan proposal to cut the nation's deficit. Some advocates for immigration reform say there are savings to be had by cutting border enforcement.

A Border Patrol agent faces the fence separating San Diego from Tijuana.
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Above: A Border Patrol agent faces the fence separating San Diego from Tijuana.

— According to the Washington-based think tank National Immigration Forum, funding for the Border Patrol has grown by about 1,000 percent since 1993. Its operating budget is now $1.4 billion and it rises, on average, about $300 million annually.

The National Immigration Forum is one of a handful of pro-immigrant groups pressuring Congress to make cuts to border enforcement as a way to save taxpayers more than $2.6 billion.

"We believe that, at this juncture, an increase for Border Patrol in excess of $300 million in the coming fiscal year is unjustified," said Billy Moore, a spokesperson with the Texas Border Coalition, an association representing the mayors of towns and cities along the border.

"But when we are looking for cuts, we believe Congress could start there," Moore said.

The 2012 Department of Homeland Security budget calls for more than $16 billion for immigration and border enforcement. However, current changes to deportation policy that focus on immigrants who pose a threat to public safety are expected to save about $1.6 billion annually in detention costs.

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Avatar for user 'Satariel'

Satariel | November 22, 2011 at 1:38 p.m. ― 2 years, 4 months ago

Save us 2.6 billion up front, but then we will pay much, much more than that in hospital care for their children, welfare, section 8, and costs of incarcerating their children in the future.

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Brittanicus | November 22, 2011 at 7 p.m. ― 2 years, 4 months ago

The gap is so wide between people who came here through approved channels legally, and the illegal aliens for the purpose of taking jobs from low income Americans--intentionally or not, and will be in my book and the majority of the American population--ILLEGAL ALIENS? Then the term is lawfully enhanced and better known as a fugitive from justice, as when they entered this sovereign nation they lost all their rights as being from another country. Whether that individual or family is a border jumper, is in name a illegal migrant. There is a slight difference between the two--a migrant enters the sovereignty of America through the poorly enforced border region and tramples our laws.

The students, tourist etc, who ignore his/her expired visa and intentionally fails to leave as required--is an illegal immigrant. But both are in violation of the law, and have to commit a second offense by procuring a citizens or legal residents ID to work. This alters the original violation from a misdemeanor to a felony. Although under the current Justice Department ruling if they have not committed a felony crime, the new discretionary order from the desk of President Obama, releases them back on the streets. So the DOJ is in fact aiding and abetting a foreign national that is deemed a federal offense by Congress, and undermines their own policies, which is ridiculous.

I wonder what ever happened to the “rule of Law” of which the Obama’s court has now turned a myopic eye to, with the judiciary procedure of the 1986 Immigration Control and Reform Act completely dropped. Our country has been so crippled by the interests of thousands of special interest lobbyists, given favors to the policymakers; that they even resent the American people reaction to the corruption spawned in Washington. We have seen it first hand from the ‘insider trading’ by both parties, to name just one secret advantage that the Securities Exchange Commission would throw the common man in prison. There is a paralysis currently in Congress, from trying to shrink the 15 Trillion dollar federal deficit, with over a hundred billion dollars going in support of the illegal invaders.

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Brittanicus | November 22, 2011 at 7:01 p.m. ― 2 years, 4 months ago

The DOJ is also trying to stop the passage of policing laws in the other 45 states through suing them in the courts. Yet five states mainly on the East coast have enacted passage of their own laws, to survive the hordes of economic illegal aliens feeding from the public assistance of a excess of welfare benefits. Just in the past few months the State of Alabama although hammered by the open border activists, the DOJ have factual evidence that their policing laws are working. September was the first full month that the policing reform was enforced, and the unemployment rate fell from 9.8 percent in September to 9.3 percent in October, according to a Nov. 18 (GOA) General Accounting Office report from the state government. You cannot change the inevitable that as illegal aliens leave; jobs are beginning to materialize for US workers?

Aid that normally belongs to the disenfranchised poor of this nation, has been whisked away to supplement foreign nationals, who are stealing the country blind. The racket of having a baby here, to get instant citizenship and thereby a toehold in legality, is one of the biggest financial disasters, the courts have imposed; unfunded mandates that the 50 states cannot decline. Health care for economic immigrants and families has been badly mauling medical care daily, as well as the public school system that we inherited from Plyler v. Doe. Illegal alien’s parents are acutely aware that taxpayers must carry the burden in all 50 states to educate their children. It is mainly unlikely that we can undo these unfunded mandates for free health, schooling for illegal aliens and their children, but E-Verify has the power to send the jobless parents home and most will not leave without their children. In a Rasmussen poll recently published, shows that 65 % more voters--more than ever, are opposed to granting automatic U.S. citizenship to a child born to an illegal immigrant in this country
Our country needs professional people with science, math and technology backgrounds, not people who become a taxpayer’s nightmare.

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Brittanicus | November 22, 2011 at 7:02 p.m. ― 2 years, 4 months ago

Unless the People, namely the TEA PARTY can rescind or amend the misinterpreted 14th Amendment clause, any illegal alien family can get a free public education and health care. The best chance we have is the national ’THE LEGAL WORKFORCE ACT’ a deterrent called E-Verify to stop the hiring of illegal workers. Send a free fax by using NumbersUSA, a complimentary buffet of immigration notices to the lawmakers. If you want to stop being victimized by the Democratic and Liberal side of Washington, then speak up for your rights. YOUR VOTES ARE POWERFUL LEVERAGE! The Tea Party leaders will intrude in any effort to pass a new mass amnesty and will take away federal funding for any ordinance to promote a Sanctuary City or revise upwards CHAIN MIGRATION, which is another form of Amnesty. The IRS will be investigated for inept procedures giving $4.2 billion dollars, when they never paid any taxes, including fraudulent illegal immigrant child tax credits. Further they will reduce the federal government and return Departments to state level control. A new tax code will be introduced with none of the ‘Quid pro Quo’ of special privileges of subsidies to the giant agricultural corporations, the General Electric’s of this world.

The TEA PARTY will call for the double layer fence enhanced with nasty razor wire on its 15 to 20 foot height as designated in the ignored 2006 Secure Fence Act. Complete with a double track between the fences for the US Border Patrol to travel at speed to where needed. The TEA PARTY will also enforce the fence with a permanent Military presence along the perimeter.

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Brittanicus | November 22, 2011 at 7:02 p.m. ― 2 years, 4 months ago

It could possibly be the last chance to alter this unfettered epidemic that the legislators in Congress refuse to acknowledge which is causing financial ruin. If Lamar Smith’s E-Verify becomes the law of the land, subsequently uncountable numbers will begin to self-depart as the business world are held accountable The businesses causing the encouragement of bring cheap labor here will begin to ebb, as the owners will be facing stiffer fines, loss of company assets and incarceration. The leftist party will use any means possible to negate a Mandatory law passing, which also includes the heavyweights in the Republican hierarchy.

Those not working and want a job should get into action and phone 202-224-3121. This is the Washington phone exchange, which can direct you to all House Representatives responsible for moving Chairman Lamar Smith's ‘Legal Workforce Act’ (bill H.R.2885) to the house floor.

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