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Old 12-12-2013, 04:31 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 12-12-2013, 06:19 PM   #46
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They didn't. I was just a child. My father, however, was a mechanical engineer who was sponsored by his company to come here to work for two years.
Did they regularly test you as you were growing up to see if you possessed those skills?
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Old 12-12-2013, 06:20 PM   #47
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I'm not sure how I feel about testing for skills. Just get rid of any welfare for them.
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And, again, how do you verify those positive motivations that leaves us with only the "bad people"?
ARGHHH! You are looking at this from a purely monolithic AUTHORITARIAN standpoint. That's 1000% the wrong way to see it. You DON'T HAVE TO VERIFY. The very system itself provides that check.

Ok, let's pretend my system is magically put in place January 1st. Anyone who want to come to America and WORK is let in provided they maintain employment. These people have to go through a security check (let's pretend an exhaustive check takes 1 month) and we create a full biometric/pysch profile for each one. (again, easy peasy to do just ask the Israelis)

What % of "bad guys" would go this route? What % of "good guys" would instead swim the Rio Grande?

The NEW SYSTEM dictates that a VAST majority of Rio Grande swimmers have criminal intent and can be shot on site. The same system assures us that a vast majority of those going through the legal route are simply coming to work. I'm not sure how many criminals would a)pass an exhaustive security check or b)want all their detailed info in a govt database. Not to mention that the "bad guys" would then have to have employment which would be far more trouble than it's worth and adds another layer of "trackability" to their activities. You MIGHT see this become an issue in the far future when the border has become so tight that they are desperate but with looser drug laws overtaking the country that is probably a moot point as well.

The only complaint people could make is the intrusive nature of my legal immigration strategy but THAT is an area we can agree on. There has to be some price to coming here and (for me) that seem likes a valid one.
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I'll bet that the administration will order Texas stop this activity. I'm not kidding either.
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I'm not sure how it works and that is why I'm asking questions.
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meanwhile

Not Exactly What They Had in Mind Nafta took effect in 1994, but the Mexican economy has not prospered as expected, particularly in recent years.

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/02/18/we...elle.html?_r=0
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I have no idea but I would tend to believe that decriminalizing harmless behavior tends to create less criminals. Do you have the statistics handy?
A Department of Justice report from 2003 found that only 1.6 percent of the state and federal prison populations was under Immigration and Customs Enforcement jurisdiction, and thus known to be illegal immigrants. Half of these prisoners were detained only because they were here illegally, not for other crimes.
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Those more stringent laws don't appear to be having substantial effect without significant man power. You don't think the enforcement of those laws would be more efficient with more manpower?
I don't know what you are referring to here.
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Did they regularly test you as you were growing up to see if you possessed those skills?
Who is they? I was tested rather thoroughly at the US embassy in London when I was 16 and getting my green card.
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ARGHHH! You are looking at this from a purely monolithic AUTHORITARIAN standpoint. That's 1000% the wrong way to see it. You DON'T HAVE TO VERIFY. The very system itself provides that check.

Ok, let's pretend my system is magically put in place January 1st. Anyone who want to come to America and WORK is let in provided they maintain employment. These people have to go through a security check (let's pretend an exhaustive check takes 1 month) and we create a full biometric/pysch profile for each one. (again, easy peasy to do just ask the Israelis)

What % of "bad guys" would go this route? What % of "good guys" would instead swim the Rio Grande?

The NEW SYSTEM dictates that a VAST majority of Rio Grande swimmers have criminal intent and can be shot on site. The same system assures us that a vast majority of those going through the legal route are simply coming to work. I'm not sure how many criminals would a)pass an exhaustive security check or b)want all their detailed info in a govt database. Not to mention that the "bad guys" would then have to have employment which would be far more trouble than it's worth and adds another layer of "trackability" to their activities. You MIGHT see this become an issue in the far future when the border has become so tight that they are desperate but with looser drug laws overtaking the country that is probably a moot point as well.

The only complaint people could make is the intrusive nature of my legal immigration strategy but THAT is an area we can agree on. There has to be some price to coming here and (for me) that seem likes a valid one.
And you keep track of these "good" people how? Another federal bureau like DHS? No thanks. Our legal system works fine just the way it is. Unfortunately, our federal government (in whom you apparently trust to maintain this new system) hasn't don its job.
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A Department of Justice report from 2003 found that only 1.6 percent of the state and federal prison populations was under Immigration and Customs Enforcement jurisdiction, and thus known to be illegal immigrants. Half of these prisoners were detained only because they were here illegally, not for other crimes.
So, half of the incarcerated illegal alien population in our country are only there because their mere existence has been deemed unlawful. How is that helping us?
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Who is they? I was tested rather thoroughly at the US embassy in London when I was 16 and getting my green card.
They would be those that you desire to implement a skill set test. Did they test you for what set of skills you brought to the table at 16?
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I don't know what you are referring to here.
I'd rather my tax dollars be used to efficiently combat something other than victimless crime. With limited resources don't you think that legalizing harmless behavior would help combat crimes with actual existing victims?
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So, half of the incarcerated illegal alien population in our country are only there because their mere existence has been deemed unlawful. How is that helping us?
I didn't claim it was.
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