April 30, 2013   Current Site Visitors -> web tracker

F Grade For Gang of Four Border Security
Senate bill actually weakens protection
James Carafano – Heritage Foundation -- April 29   
Morning Bell: Immigration Bill Doesn't Secure the Border
    Will the comprehensive immigration reform bill help? You bet it won't.
    The number one flaw of the bill is it starts by giving amnesty to the unlawfully present population in the United States. As soon as the bill passes, those in the country contrary to U.S. immigration law are granted status to stay.
    Amnesty immediately creates an incentive for illegal border crossings and overstays. Thus, the bill's strategy would drive up the cost of securing the border. To make matters worse, the draft law states that anyone who was present in the U.S. before 2012 qualifies --- creating massive opportunity for fraud, since there is no proof required that applicants have been here for several years.
    While supporters of the bill trumpet its "border security" features, in reality, the law delivers nothing new -- other than the promise of spending a lot more money and running up our debt. [...]
    The Secretary of Homeland Security has repeatedly stated that our borders "have never been more secure." In the past five years, the White House has never asked for this additional border security funding. Yet, this bill lavishes billions of additional spending on the department with no clear requirements on how the money is spent. At least $2 billion could legitimately be labeled the Secretary's slush fund.
    Supporters of the bill trumpet requirements to "certify" border security, yet its standards are in some ways weaker than existing law. Present law requires gaining "operational control" of the whole border, while this bill sets standards only for "high-risk" sectors. Since smuggling trails shift to where the security is not, even if the standards were attained in one area, the traffic would just go somewhere else.
    In addition, the Department of Homeland Security has been trying unsuccessfully to define credible metrics for border security since 2004...

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