Sunday, November 27, 2005

Border patrol under siege

Yet more reason for a barrier on the US-Mexico border, pronto:

U.S. Border Patrol agents working the Arizona-Mexico border were victims of twice as many attacks this past fiscal year compared with the previous year, officials say...

Nationwide, agents were assaulted 687 times, up from 349 a year earlier.

Officials say the growing number of attacks reflects the increased influence of criminal gangs and the profits they can make smuggling migrants across the border.

The viciousness of these nomadic indigents has led to the requisition of combat-style patrol vehicles:

Now Yuma sector Border Patrol agents can cover these areas even more effectively. They just got more advanced tools to better protect them when they patrol such high risk areas.

"It's armor-plated, even the glass you can see is thick bullet-proof glass," U.S. Border Patrol, Yuma Sector, Agent Michael Gramley, said...

"We also have gun ports in the sides here where agents are able to fire outside the vehicle," Gramley said.

That Americans must so fear for their physical safety from illegal invaders is a sad exposition of our contemporary state of affairs. The net cost of a burgeoning newly-arrived underclass runs into the billions (just shy of $30 billion according to the CIS).

While the economic argument alone mandates action, other factors decry open borders. The number of "other than Mexicans" (OTMs) who cross illegally is staggering, and the threat to our national security beggars the imagination:

Because OTMs, or "Other Than Mexicans" as the Border Patrol classifies them, must be returned to their country of origin, they cannot be simply sent back across the southern border, as most Mexicans are. Under U.S. law, they must be detained (in the U.S.) pending a deportation hearing. The problem is, immigration detention centers are packed, so most OTMs are given a court summons and told to return in three months. A full 85 percent don't.

According to the Border Patrol, some 465,000 OTMs have taken advantage of
this "catch and release" policy to settle here in the U.S. "It's an insane policy which encourages OTMs to come into the country illegally, and we shouldn't be shocked that they are coming in record numbers," says T.J. Bonner, president of the National Border Patrol Council, which represents more than 9,000 agents.

On top of that we can throw on the qualitative cultural stuff, the costs and tensions of a language barrier, the dismal academic performance of illegals and their progeny, the failure of multiculturalism in general, increased pollution, drug smuggling, disease, ad infinitum.

A barrier, favored by a majority of Americans, is estimated to cost somewhere between $2-$16 billion depending on height, layers, and extras like concertina wire. Not a drop in the bucket, but quickly recouped by stymying future illegal immigration. We need to make the investment fast.


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