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Old 12-12-2013, 03:31 PM  
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Texas Lt Governor: We Shut Down the Border Ourselves

by Brandon Darby 7 Dec 2013

Texas Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst announced a Texas-led three-week effort that he says reduced illegal immigration, smuggling, and human trafficking to a standstill in the Rio Grande River section of the U.S./Mexico border.

The Lt. Governor spoke with me in an interview for Breitbart News; he stated: “In the Rio Grande Valley sector, nearly nothing moved in those three weeks. We shut it down. We had teams of Texas law enforcement in the brush, high altitude aircraft, gun boats, and more," he explained. “Our intel revealed that the Gulf cartel was growing frustrated with our three-week effort.”

“The border issue is just about dollars and cents,” Dewhurst said. “This proves Texas can do the job the federal government has refused to do — to invest in the border and shut it down from illegal activities that are hurting Texans and other Americans.” He added: "Texas will protect our own citizens and other Americans from the criminal gangs that are destabilizing our state and our nation.”

The plan, according to Dewhurst, was to do a three-week operation with the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) as the tip of the spear. He said the effort cost approximately $5 million each month. “We are fixing to appropriate more money,” he said. The Lt. Governor is seeking an additional $60 million to be approved by the State Legislative Budget Board.

Dewhurst stated, “We started appropriating money to plug the holes that exist in the border. We’ve allocated hundreds of millions, as a state, since 2008.” He added: “Nearly 796 million of state money, not a dime federal, has been allocated by the State of Texas to plug the holes in our border. This covers things like over-time for Sheriffs’ deputies, equipment, and Texas Rangers SWAT teams [referring to the elite Texas Rangers, an arm of the DPS].”

Lt. Governor Dewhurst said the state has purchased a high-altitude spotter plane that can see six miles into Mexico at night, six new DPS helicopters that can also see at night, and six armored gunboats to patrol the Rio Grande River.

“For six or seven years, I’ve been calling on our congressional delegation in D.C., we need to at least double, if not triple, the size of our Border Patrol,” said the Lt. Governor. “The federal government is not providing the resources. I’ve grown convinced over the last year that this administration has no intention of securing the border.”

“This is just unacceptable,” he said. “ We have a problem and everyone knows it except for the Obama administration and people in high levels of Border Patrol.” The Lt. Governor did not stop there: “Organized crime groups in Texas are contracting with Mexican cartels to be their enforcers. The cartels' presence are in all of our major cities. Seven of the eight Mexican cartels operating in Texas are using our state as a staging area for their operations across the U.S.”

“Illegal immigration is one issue, and we all understand why people want to come here. I’m a strong believer in legal immigration, but not illegal immigration,” said the Lt. Governor. “We have young girls being trafficked as slaves for immoral purposes across our border and through our state. This cannot be allowed.”

“The bottom line is that we have just showed that we can shut down the border for ‘X’ number of dollars,” he said. “We need to find the $5 million per month to make these operations continuous and replicate what we have just accomplished.”

Dewhurst concluded the interview by stating, “The State of Texas and our nation deserve better than what we are getting from Washington, D.C. Until they adopt the Texas approach, we will continue to do what’s right for Texans and for our state ourselves.”

http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Governm...rder-Ourselves
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Old 12-13-2013, 05:43 PM   #121
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It's only a crime if they get caught in the act, though. Not having legal immigration documentation isn't a crime. And, while it's icky, one has to be charged, tried and convicted to be considered a criminal in the eyes of the law. As if Pedro who speaks no English and says he's from Panama teleported here...

I now have a ****ing headache from reading this legal crap. I hate lawyers.
That seems off to me. I think of a criminal as someone who has committed a crime, broken the law. I don't see how someone isn't considered a criminal just because they aren't caught breaking the law. I understand the concept from an enforcement perspective; the presumption of innocence. Hypothetically isn't someone a criminal once they've broken a law?
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Old 12-13-2013, 05:50 PM   #122
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That seems off to me. I think of a criminal as someone who has committed a crime, broken the law. I don't see how someone isn't considered a criminal just because they aren't caught breaking the law. I understand the concept from an enforcement perspective; the presumption of innocence. Hypothetically isn't someone a criminal once they've broken a law?
As I said, in the eyes of the law, no. It appears that for one to be considered a criminal from a legal perspective, one must not only have committed the crime but also be convicted of it.

I was hoping that one of our lazy ass lawyers would show up and educate us.
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Old 12-13-2013, 07:06 PM   #123
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Old 12-13-2013, 07:21 PM   #124
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As I said, in the eyes of the law, no. It appears that for one to be considered a criminal from a legal perspective, one must not only have committed the crime but also be convicted of it.

I was hoping that one of our lazy ass lawyers would show up and educate us.
At this point we are stuck on semantics and are a bit off topic. I agree with listopencil that a criminal is simply anyone who commits a crime, but it doesn't really matter. The important point is that we agree on securing the border. I just think that goal can be accomplished MUCH easier by separating out the people looking for work from the true criminals by making the process simpler and easier. Again, it's about letting a SYSTEM do the heavy lifting (like supply/demand works in the economy) versus an authoritarian approach (like price controls, etc).

As I said from the onset, what Texas is doing is a genuine step in the right direction but it still only addresses the symptoms and therefore is inherently inefficient and therefore more costly.
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Old 12-14-2013, 06:30 AM   #125
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At this point we are stuck on semantics and are a bit off topic. I agree with listopencil that a criminal is simply anyone who commits a crime, but it doesn't really matter. The important point is that we agree on securing the border. I just think that goal can be accomplished MUCH easier by separating out the people looking for work from the true criminals by making the process simpler and easier. Again, it's about letting a SYSTEM do the heavy lifting (like supply/demand works in the economy) versus an authoritarian approach (like price controls, etc).

As I said from the onset, what Texas is doing is a genuine step in the right direction but it still only addresses the symptoms and therefore is inherently inefficient and therefore more costly.
Tell me this: if we make it much easier to immigrate here, why would the criminal element not go through the process which would provide them with a safer crossing and a good cover for their real intent?
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Tell me this: if we make it much easier to immigrate here, why would the criminal element not go through the process which would provide them with a safer crossing and a good cover for their real intent?
Because we'll have biometric identity information collected on them if they use the system.
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Old 12-14-2013, 05:25 PM   #127
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Because we'll have biometric identity information collected on them if they use the system.
Yup, a major deterrent. Plus they would have to pass an extensive security check first.
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