National Association of Former Border Patrol Officers rejects the President’s proposal for comprehensive immigration reform as simply out of hand. It is unacceptable in that it contains not so much as a nod to immigration enforcement or a secure border. U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano toured the Mexico border Monday to trumpet increased enforcement as she campaigned for an overhaul of immigration laws.
It is predicated upon administration claims that the border is secure now,
or at least, secure enough. That claim is at best wishful thinking but is more likely willful misdirection of the public’s opinion of the situation. A study of Border Patrol operations by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) indicates that the Border Patrol is about 60% effective, a deplorable figure even if accurate. (And of course it’s not.)
Please help us with this particular claim from President Barack Obama: Without even so much as a head nod for immigration enforcement; moreover, who in their right mind could possibly believe anything coming from this individual when a significant number of his own US Citizens and Immigration officers are suing him.
NAFBPO members maintain contacts with many field officers and managers currently on active duty in the Border Patrol and in most areas those officers tell that at best, they catch only 10% of those who try to enter illegally. Those facts are stifled by higher management because they do not support the administration’s narrative that the border is under control. Therefore, notwithstanding according to the agents in the field there is left 90 percent of illegal’s getting through which is anything but secure.
As a matter of fact is in the reporting of DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano had been indicating that the border was secure when in fact the principles in attendance firmly contradicted Ms. Napolitano on her assessment that took her on a very short tour two years ago.
Superficially, the Senate proposal is the least objectionable in that the amnesty proposed for unnumbered millions of illegal aliens is predicated upon a demonstrably secure border. That, however, lacks much. We ask,
by what measure is the border to be called secure? That must be addressed.
And, why is there no mention made of interior enforcement other than employer penalties for hiring illegal aliens? For example, the Border Patrol and Immigration and Customs (ICE) agents have been forbidden to work cooperatively with other law enforcement officers except on high-level criminal investigations even though a substantial amount of crime and public harm is committed by illegal aliens.
Unless convicted of a crime of violence, most illegal aliens are released back into the community. Furthermore, illegal aliens are not generally eligible for most means-tested welfare but that prohibition has been largely flouted. That should be stopped, but there are no efforts in that direction. In short, illegal aliens need not fear arrest or deportation from anyone.
NAFBPO’s fundamental objection to both plans, though, comes from this sad fact: the President and his administration have proven themselves unworthy of trust. Congress may pass what it will but it should do so with the certain knowledge that the President will pick and choose what laws or portions of laws he wishes to enforce. And based on his demonstrable record, we may be sure that any enforcement provisions will be ignored while the results of another amnesty will be with us for many decades.
This is indeed an unadulterated and abhorrent method for any government in this era of time to be picking and choosing what it is that they want and still framing an immigration policy around it.