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Fewer Drugs, Illegal Immigrants Crossing Border

By July 23, 2009

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If you’ve noticed fewer illegal drugs and immigrants in your neighborhood, you can thank the new fences along the Mexican border and stepped up border patrol efforts, according to the Customs and Border Protection agency (CBP).

The fences and patrols resulted in the seizure of over 3.3 million pounds of narcotics during the first nine months of FY 2009 -- a 64.3 percent increase over last year -- and the prevention of entry into the U.S. of 129,779 illegal aliens, according to the CBP.

“What we are seeing is a result of increased border enforcement’s deterrent effect on illegal border crossings along with the result of our increased ability to confront continued illegal drug smuggling attempts across our borders,” said CBP’s Acting Commissioner Jayson P. Ahern in a press release. “We will continue to increase the pressure on drug and human smugglers by confronting them at every turn, including their attempts to smuggle weapons and bulk cash south of the border.”

Seized drugs included more than 2.6 million pounds of marijuana, 60,411 pounds of cocaine, 4,384 pounds of methamphetamines, and 1,463 pounds of heroin. Border Patrol agents also confiscated $43.9 million in bulk cash as well as 772 weapons, including rifles, handguns and shotguns

Of the 129,779 inadmissible aliens denied entry into the U.S., 23,386 turned out to have criminal records. CBP officers seized 19,530 fake or fraudulent documents used in attempts to gain illegal entry.

Since 2006, CPB reports it has added 11,212 enforcement personnel, and completed 493 miles of fencing along the U.S. southern border with Mexico.

The entire 670 miles of illegal immigrant preventative high-tech fencing was to have been completed in February 2008, but when goodies like radar, infrared body heat sensors, night vision cameras and satellite phone networks ran up the cost from $4 million to more $7.5 million per mile, the project slowed down.

Also See:
Mexico Border Fence Bogs Down
The Temptations of Open Borders (2007)
Border Fence Pros and Cons (Immigration)

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July 23, 2009 at 3:15 pm
(1) Brittancus says:

From the beginning its been previous administrations ultimate fault that illegal immigration has never been retired. Years of neglect and intentional overlooking of the laws that were in place? It’s grandiose excuse to allow the 20 million plus illegal immigrants to stay on American soil. Congress when enacted the Immigration Reform and Control Act (IRCA) of 1986 has been flagrantly ignored. The IRCA toughened criminal sanctions for employers who hired illegal aliens, denied illegal aliens federally funded welfare benefits, and legitimized some aliens through an amnesty program–EXCEPT THESE LAWS NEVER WERE ENFORCED?

There has always been complicity since the earliest days, between the lawmakers, big business, the open border zealots and radical pro-immigration and anti-American sovereignty organizations. Just like the Globalist they have an attitude that American taxpayers should accommodate every illegal family, with free medical care, schooling and a comfortable prison cell, for criminals and for the thousands of illegal alien drunken drivers every year. That globalist agenda has always been a free movement of cheap labor, between all of South America, Canada and Mexico, just as secretly arranged with the 3 countries leaders in Waco, Texas, at the end of March 2005.

Americans only forceful action is to build on E-verify, but not to replace it? Sen. Charles Schumer, D-New York and chairman of the Senate Judiciary subcommittee on immigration wants consider up-grading the application, with modifications to authenticate the employee’s identity by using a specific and unique biometric identifiers? Schumer, stated “improving employment verification is critical to boosting public confidence about curbing illegal immigration, which will build support for comprehensive immigration reform.” These politicians just don’t get it? Outside of the American Civil War, there will be a battle over giving illegal immigrants a path to citizenship free-ride? What about the millions of people with integrity and believe in the Rule of Law, who sit and wait in far off foreign countries for an entry visa?

Whatever the outcome it will not be easy to pass any Immigration reform or AMNESTY? Say–NO– because it going to cost trillions of dollars (with a T) in enactment. Health care, Pensions, retirement and a rush on government benefits, for those who haven’t already cheated the system. Then they will want their immediate families here? And waiting millions will swarm the open areas of the sovereign border fence? IT WILL NEVER END? Call your Politician today at 202-224-3121 GOOGLE—NUMBERSUSA, AMERICANPATROL for facts, that will not be found in most press releases.

As a Independent voter, I do believe in a alternative government medical system, but I adamantly disagree on donating my taxes from public treasuries free health care to anybody who steals across our border or anything that smells of AMNESTY?

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July 23, 2009 at 11:14 pm
(2) r.j.cole says:

I have seen more illegals in my neighborhood lately then ever. I believe they are just moving around to where the law isnt keeping track of them. The businesses here in VanBuren Arkansas and Ft. Smith Arkansas will employ the illegals before anyone one else as they wont have to give benefits to them. That leaves the available to welfare.

August 31, 2009 at 10:46 am
(3) sandy says:

I really think we need to set our focus on the real threat and that is terrorist from the middle east. They are the real threat to this country not these poor individuals whose only sin is to want a better life for their families and if your a firm believer in God then this shouldn’t really matter other than to just stand for what you really believe in your heart..PEACE!

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