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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.”

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Old 12-12-2013, 05:37 PM   #61
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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?
Yes. It took something equivalent to the ASVAB if memory serves and was IQ tested (which I don't remember).
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I didn't claim it was.
If a law isn't serving us why do we allow it to exist?
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Old 12-12-2013, 05:39 PM   #63
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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.
It's obvious I won't get through to you since you are stuck in monolithic thinking mode. The entire basis for my system is reducing the monolithic nature of things. Our current system is an inefficient piece of crap which ignores market forces and is in a constant state of "swimming up stream" versus reality. If "Our legal system works fine just the way it is." than why do we have a MASSIVE problem with illegal immigration in some years and of course right now not much of a problem? The ARBITRARY nature of our BIG GOVT system sucks balls and can be streamlined and pared down to a fraction of its current bureaucratic size while increases its effectiveness exponentially... IF people stop thinking in outdated authoritarian terms.

edit: and to answer your question... we ALREADY track "the good ones" right now. I thought you knew more about the current system...

edit: edit: Unfortunately the federal govt WILL maintain the immigration system no matter what. I am simply proposing changes to make it more effective, nimble and in line with reality. I'm advocating a system which would be simpler and MUCH SMALLER than the status quo.
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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?
Victimless crime? As a legal immigrant, I take issue with that. Illegals/scofflaws flaunt the system and take jobs away from both legal immigrants and native Americans. Many of them also have absolutely no desire to become part of our society and merely send much of what they earn home.
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Victimless crime? As a legal immigrant, I take issue with that. Illegals/scofflaws flaunt the system and take jobs away from both legal immigrants and native Americans. Many of them also have absolutely no desire to become part of our society and merely send much of what they earn home.
I live on the edge of a 25 acre olive orchard. Would you care to come pick those olives when the season is right? I'm fairly sure that you can spend the salary as you see fit.
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It's obvious I won't get through to you since you are stuck in monolithic thinking mode. The entire basis for my system is reducing the monolithic nature of things. Our current system is an inefficient piece of crap which ignores market forces and is in a constant state of "swimming up stream" versus reality. If "Our legal system works fine just the way it is." than why do we have a MASSIVE problem with illegal immigration in some years and of course right now not much of a problem? The ARBITRARY nature of our BIG GOVT system sucks balls and can be streamlined and pared down to a fraction of its current bureaucratic size while increases its effectiveness exponentially... IF people stop thinking in outdated authoritarian terms.
Because Latin America sucks and we don't. It ebbs and flows, sure, but that general rule remains the same.
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Are you willing to pay enough in taxes to do that?
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Heck no. I'm skilled and educated. Why would I do that?
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Heck no. I'm skilled and educated. Why would I do that?
OK, so we have established that they aren't taking jobs away from you. Who are they taking jobs from?
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OK, so we have established that they aren't taking jobs away from you. Who are they taking jobs from?
People less educated and skilled than I.
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We have a lot of those people in this area. They don't want to pick olives. Well, shoot. I have to make dinner too. I think I'll make some mission style burritos.
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Because Latin America sucks and we don't. It ebbs and flows, sure, but that general rule remains the same.
So you are fine with a system that sucks so much ass that those people who want to come here WILL GET HERE ANYWAY and now are in the country untracked and are de facto criminals.

If you think making something illegal will magically make it go away then you're living in a fantasy land.

You WILL NOT STOP illegal immigrants from coming here as long as the demand remains. Period. No amount of authoritarian bullshit will change that. How many BILLIONS have we wasted on the war on drugs? It's the same ridiculous way of addressing an issue.
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