“GRAND BARGAIN” SNAFU: OTMs FED BY GLOBAL COCAINE TRADE
By Debra Rae
April 12, 2011
Most agree that national defense from enemy intrusion is more than advisable; it’s compulsory. That said our nation has always been immigrant-friendly. For good reason, my German- and Norwegian- born forefathers are grateful. I am, too. As freedom-loving Americans, we are compelled to respect the role of legal immigrants in our national culture and to welcome law-abiding newcomers. Nonetheless, to ensure national security, a balance must be struck to prevent illegal entry (or legal residence) of outlaws intent on doing us catastrophic harm.
Logic dictates that the best way to know who enters and exits our country is through effective control of borders. Unfortunately, both the northern and southern borders of the United States include vast expanses of unguarded territory. A recent Government Accountability Office report found that, along the nearly four thousand mile northern border, only thirty-two miles has “an acceptable level of security.”
Mexico’s two thousand mile border is likewise porous. Although US immigration laws allow for deportation, the political reality is that authorities are not going to round up some twelve million people to oust them. Law enforcement officials don’t enforce immigration laws consistently and, for self-interest, some partisans hope to gain votes and/or cheap labor by ignoring the obvious.
Several states go so far as to issue drivers’ licenses to foreign citizens and illegal immigrants, thus enabling offenders to open bank accounts, board planes, and use credit. Furthermore, needed databases and records are lacking, inaccurate, and/or easily forged.
A discretionary form of relief, asylum cannot be “demanded”; however, as the crisis in Libya continues to evolve, so too does the possibility of escalating asylum in the US. In January of 2010, the government started releasing from detention many asylum seekers whose immigration cases have yet to be heard.
Those let out must prove their identity, but many don’t have official documents. In practice, countless obstructions preclude effective deportation of illegals, lawbreakers, and opportunistic tricksters who falsify documents or otherwise evade authorities. Even if one is cleared for legal entry, there’s no way to assess an immigrant’s intentions once here.