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Border 'safer than ever,' but Arizona still a crossing hot-spot

The U.S.-Mexico border is safer than it's ever been, but Arizona will continue to be the most-active stretch for border crossing as the "water balloon effect" squeezes desperate border crossers toward Yuma and Tucson, a new report says. ... Read more»

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Aug 4, 2011, 2:17 pm
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The Liberals talk about taxing the wealthy, which in my opinion they create the jobs in the real world. Tax, Tax, Tax, that seems to be the mantra of the Obama administration. But neither political party want to “deep six” the current tax system, that is unfair to the majority and gives huge loopholes to the few. Everybody understands they must pay taxes to run government, but that doesn’t mean any government that is overwhelming and taxing us into extinction. If there was a fair tax, no person who purchased any goods, mortgage, car or services of any kind could escape, not even the low income that pays nothing, even if it’s a few dollars, but collect from tax returns money-some fraudulently. The main point is why should we be severely taxed to pay for foreign nationals who steal into our country? Americans are ordered by the courts that we must accept them and financially support Illegal parents, children and extended family members?

This is forced on us, by the law called CHAIN MIGRATION. Millions have entered this way, and the sponsor unable to support them, so they are driven into poverty. CHAIN MIGRATION is an unfunded mandate, where taxpayers are placed with the burden of more welfare services.  This really started in 1986, when President Reagan signed a law that has crippled the American way of life, for the past twenty five years. The dollar cost has been unprecedented with millions pouring through our borders and saturating this country with cheap labor. While the nation has been transfixed by the recent debt ceiling debate, 22 million Americans have continued their search for a full-time job. Now that a compromise on the debt ceiling has been reached, Members of both parties are promising to get back to work creating jobs. Yet their promises are hard to believe allowing for both parties having refused to proceed on one of the most vital work-related problems, that of lowering yearly immigration levels.

The truth is Amnesties have never stopped, as records show that six small, but evident amnesties have been enacted quietly since 1986. This is not including a covert movement of handing out visas to one million and a half newcomers annually. The Judiciary Committee, under the Chairmanship of Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX) has quickly moved on this action, to deal with the ongoing unemployment catastrophe. After three years of a Jobs Depression, we saw the first action by Congress to stop driving up unemployment by importing so many immigrant workers. A fortnight ago the Committee readied the bill, then forwarding to Congressman Bob Goodlatte’s (R-VA) the SAFE for America Act (H.R. 704) and going to the House floor. This bill would end the Visa Lottery and immediately provide some relief to America’s unemployed without costing American taxpayers anything. It would be a good beginning to conclude cutting back the incredulous annual immigration figures that have customarily run over a million a year.

Aug 4, 2011, 2:21 pm
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This is currently while 22 million Americans who want a full-time job can’t find one. Further to this, we must get behind those as voters and demand from our representatives both Federal and State to join sponsors of the E-Verify provision, which will mandate E-Verify across this country, and permanently obstruct illegal workers from stealing jobs from unemployed Americans.  The DREAM ACT is yet another controversial subject, as it’s tied to the parents who slip past border guards or come via aircraft, ignoring the immigration laws. The dream Act is itself, is not the main argument in this issue, but the consequences of bringing in other family members through CHAIN MIGRATION laws that adds even more people to our population. The state of California, has just past a Dream Act even though the state is running in red ink. Illinois, another high illegal immigration state, has just run passage of their own Dream Act. Although these are not Federally endorsed, this will however encourage more aliens to bring their children here for a free education.

Rep. Michele Bachmann, the TEA PARTY Caucus leader is a strong contender for president. Unlike the Democrats and the hidden torment of the Liberals or Republicans Bachmann will not tolerate the loose immigration enforcement, she will build the border fence according to its original design and enact harsh penalties for businesses that scorn E-Verify and still hire discount labor. Millions have come here following the rules according to the law, and wait there time patiently for many years. But those who cross our borders fly in with no intentions of ever returning to Europe, South America or Asia and then expect the American people to treat them with civility. If it wasn’t for the wilting economy of Arizona, no voices would have spoken up arguing the claim against the federal government had failed to enforce immigration law or protect each state from an invasion.

Aug 4, 2011, 2:24 pm
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This is yet another issue, that the TEA PARTY will conduct of returning agencies of the federal government, back to the empowerment of individual States—starting with education and the EPA is which is over regulating.  The TEA PARTY has become a massive grassroots movement of tens of millions of like-minded Americans from all racial and religious backgrounds and political parties. The TEA PARTY members share the nucleus principles of limited government, individual freedoms, personal responsibility, fair free markets and returning power to the States and the people. The TEA PARTY is about reforming all political parties and government, so the prime principles of our Constitution, once again, the foundation of which this nation stands.

The biggest lie ever concocted about illegal aliens is that there is a population of 12 million. That figure has been the official, an old tired statement of the Liberals and the open border zealots since 1987. The Undeniable fact is that there could be close to 40 million illegal’s aliens here, which have nearly bankrupted this sovereign nation. The authorities south of our border have admitted that 12% of their entire country now lives in the United States? One of the most tired banality of the immigration debate is that “immigrants do the jobs Americans won’t do.” With 22 million Americans out of work, this justification for not enforcing our immigration laws ring hollow than ever before.—There are an estimated 8 million illegal aliens in the workforce. Virtually all of them are in the unskilled sectors, which are stealing jobs from Black, White, Hispanic and others of different race groups

Aug 4, 2011, 2:51 pm
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safer than ever just doesn’t cut it .  I for one want our border states completely safe from foreign invaders that smuggle drugs, smuggle humans, and individually cross our borders illegally.  Safer than ever can change in an instant, and with more narco violence, killing. torture, beheadings. kidnappings in Mexico, the more mexican citizens might want to escape to the U.S. not just for jobs, but to stay alive. National guard, armed, every 50 miles along the border to protect our country. Common sense. Obama, Holder, Napalitano, do the job you were put in office for, and quit suing states that want to enact laws that would protect our citizens.

Aug 4, 2011, 3:12 pm
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It’s illegal for National Guardsmen under federal control to conduct policing operations. I doubt many state’s rights proponents would want the feds to have the ability to enforce martial law in that manner.

There are now nearly 10 times the number of Border Patrol agents as 20 years ago, while the number of illegal border crossers has fallen dramatically.. There are several BP agents per mile watching the U.S.-Mexican border. How would stationing the N.G. every 50 miles augment their efforts?

Guardsmen under state control are able to conduct policing duties. Thus far, the states - including Arizona - have been unwilling to pay for such operations.

Aug 4, 2011, 5:40 pm
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national guard is already on the border, we just need more.  Why wouldn’t more augment the border patrol? Your own news site documents very well the continuing drug trafficking, safe houses, stash houses, and drug abandonments in the desert. As the water baloon bubble squeezes more narco activity from San Diego and El Passo into Az, we should be prepared for future problems. Three BP agents permile watching the border? Not where I live & thats 3 miles from the border.Feds enforcing martial law? If it stops illegal human smuggling, drug smuggling, and illegal aliens, bring it on. National guard/ Guard the nation. Nothing else seems to be working, except no more jobs in U.S. for illegal border crossers.

Aug 7, 2011, 6:56 am
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National guard on the border is not “policing duties”.  They would simply be doing what they were designed to do, guard our country. The Merida Initiative has provided 1.4 Billion U.S. dollars to Mexico to try to stop the organized cartels that have made Mexico a narco terrorist hell for its citizens.Also millions of U.S. $ go to Mexico through the defense dept. Add to that the cost of prosecution of criminals illegally in our country. 80 % of all illegal drugs come via Mexico.  If there is possibly another 1.4 billion $  left, I for one believe that the Border can be more secure and more money, and troops can do that job.  Why wouldn’t anyone want to see this done. Have we become so desensitized to this problem? Or is it just a little too distasteful to admit .  SECURE BORDER. its not secure.

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