The Immigration Reform Bill passed by the U.S. Senate has moved to the U.S. House of Representatives for acceptance, additions, deletions, corrections, or rejection. It appears that the House will reject the Senate bill and instead will pass its own incremental immigration reform legislation.
Whether the two separate versions of immigration reform will warrant a Senate-House conference is open for discussion.
The main problem that the House has with the Senate bill is border security and the metric used to determine proper border security enforcement.
Senate Democrats joined by a few Senate Republicans contend that assurances by President Barack Obama and Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano that the U.S.-Mexican border is secure are sufficient to meet the needs of the Senate bill.
Most Senate Republicans, however, join U.S. citizens across the nation in questioning the assurances of the president and the DHS.
Most Republicans and older Americans remember the assurances that Democrats gave to gain passage of the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986 (IRCA) that called for border control and employer verification.
Neither border control nor employer sanctions requiring employers to hire only legal aliens were enforced. IRCA triggered the largest wave of illegal immigration into any country in the world, allowing in terrorists, drug dealers, and other criminals.
At this point in his second term, the president and his administration have diminishing credibility. Their assertions regarding immigration have even less. U.S. borders are unsecured, according to the following reports:
- The Tucson Citizen notes that reported crime rates along the Arizona-Mexico border have decreased, but only because crimes are not being reported. Apparently several Democrat sheriffs are playing number games to reflect a lower crime rate.
- In April 2013, Detroit police raided a house behind a public library and found 400 semi-automatic rifles, 25,000 rounds of ammunition, 200 pounds of heroin, $5 million in forged U.S. banknotes, and 15 trafficked Latina prostitutes. Detroit is now in bankruptcy due in part to illegal aliens obtaining entitlement benefits.
- The Chicago Crime Commission reports that Mexican Drug Cartels (MDC) are sending top operatives to U.S. cities to oversee their criminal operations. MDCs are powerful enough to now control in whole or in part numerous national and state forests and parks. The U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency’s Chicago chief, Jack Riley, is quoted as saying that these Mexican cartels are the most serious threat that the nation has faced from organized crime. Meanwhile, MDCs have free run of the Southern border.
- On July 11, 2013, New Jersey state officials arrested seven Mexican nationals, living in the United States illegally for years and operating a large prostitution ring. The operators brought female foreign nationals across the Southern border with ease.
- Chicago, home of the president of the United States, is currently the murder capital of the nation, with 241 homicides and 1,214 shootings recorded thus far this year. An estimated 92 percent of the shootings are gang-related.
- On July 16, 2013, Daniel Jupa-Fino, a young Mexican deported from the United States 11 times, was arrested for the 12th time in Arizona by Pinal County sheriff deputies. He was transporting 220 pounds of pot. Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu stated that the United States needs to enforce present laws and secure the border before any decision is made on immigration reform legislation. Even readers of the liberal Huffington Post joke about the lack of border security and deportation.
- U.S. Border Patrol agents in Texas reported the arrest of an illegal alien who stated in Spanish, “Obama is going to let me go.” Other apprehended illegal aliens are asking, “Where do I go for my amnesty?”
- DHS Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers have been instructed by Obama administration political appointees to go to U.S. jails and prisons and ask prisoners, “Do you qualify for President Obama’s DREAM Act?” If the answer is yes, regardless of the age of the prisoner, ICE agents cannot inquire about proof of eligibility for “deferred deportation.” The ICE employee union has complained about this procedure to no avail.
- Arizona citizens living on or near the border complain daily that the U.S. Border Patrol, even with increased agents and equipment, is unable to cope with the daily crossings of illegal aliens and drug smugglers. In many areas of Arizona, the Border Patrol is located 6 to 20 miles north of the border.
Claims by the Obama administration and immigrant advocates that illegal border crossings are down cannot be verified by U.S. Border Patrol agents, sheriff deputies, or U.S. citizens living along the Southern border. Illegal border crossings are up in anticipation of free access to the United States provided for in the Senate immigration bill. The nation looks to the U.S. House to block this dangerous bill.
James H. Walsh was associate general counsel with the U.S. Department of Justice Immigration and Naturalization Service from 1983 to 1994. Read more reports from James Walsh — Click Here Now.
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