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U.S. Border Patrol To Toughen Stance On Illegal Immigrants

January 18, 2012 by  

U.S. Border Patrol To Toughen Stance On Illegal Immigrants

The U.S. Border Patrol is moving to halt a revolving-door policy of sending illegal aliens back to Mexico without punishing them first, The Associated Press reported.

According to the news outlet, the agency is reworking how it deals with the 1,954-mile U.S./Mexican border. Years of growth in the Border Patrol staff and technology have helped drive down the number of illegal aliens who attempt to cross the border.

The AP reported that the number of agents employed by the agency has doubled to 21,000 since 2004.

In fiscal year 2011, agents apprehended 327,000 illegal immigrants on the border, down 80 percent from more than 1.6 million in 2000. This marked the slowest year for the agency since 1971, according to the news outlet.

The AP reported that the Border Patrol will soon change policies for those who are apprehended, releasing a new strategy in the next several weeks.

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  • Glen

    I’ve long believed that a period of confinement at hard labor for adults apprehended in this country illegally would be a good deterrent. If they could be forced to produce labor that paid for the confinement costs, it would be a viable response. If it also resulted in permanent disqualification for citizenship, that would be a further deterrent to illegal crossing. What we need is a properly managed bracero type of program where their rights are honored but citizenship does not result.

    • Randy131

      For Obama to order these types of actions only proves that he is definately in the campaign mode, for which these actions will only be half-heartedly applied until the votes are counted from the national election in November of 2012, and then will be discontinued if Obama wins, or put into enthusiactically motivated action if Obama’s opponent wins. Only time will tell if officials of the US Government will finally start enforcing all our laws, instead of choosing to ignore those laws they believe that will not benefit them or their agenda and goals.

      • APN

        EXACTLY! Meaningless baloney that has absolutely ZERO substance.

  • Ted Crawford

    So, after only three years of attempting to create an open border, grant illegals prioriety rights through legislation like “The Dream Act” and hidden add-ons in almsot every other piece of legislation now, in an election year, he decides, “DUH, well mabey I should start enforcing the National immigration laws”! Transparent and far, far too late!

    • Doc Sarvis

      The current administration has deported more than any other recent administration. President Obama’s administration has not ignored this issue.

      • Dagney

        Just because he and “Big Sis” say they have, doesn’t make it true.

        • Doc Sarvis

          And just because you say they have not does not make that true. See:
          http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/07/25/AR2010072501790.html

          • Laugh Out Loud

            “Obama heard that message in a closed-door White House meeting with immigration advocates in March and was taken aback, according to participants. They said he was surprised by evidence that thousands of ordinary illegal immigrants continue to be targeted and deported, often for minor violations, despite the official focus on criminals.”

            It’s not because of Obama. The people on the ground are doing their jobs in spite of Obama’s best efforts to grant unofficial amnesty through his policy changes. A great example of another left-wing journalist propping up Obama and then shooting him in the foot in the same breath.

          • Laugh Out Loud

            You really should learn how to read.

      • s c

        OK, Comrade d, you’ve parroted the party line and you’re entitled to another check. Can you tell us HOW so many illegals got into America?
        You can’t deport someone if they’re where they belong, genius.
        Is there something you don’t understand about ILLEGAL? Do you support the idea of enforcing laws you like, yet you merrily ignore laws you don’t like? You really ought to reevaluate your standards for your god, bubba.
        His standards for followers are almost as low as your standards are for political gods. You deserve each other, but America doesn’t deserve him OR you.

      • http://naver sook young

        Actually, wasn’t it Eisenhower that deported more than Obama. I don’t think he has ignored the issue, just has been blatantly slow in acting. Thank you.

        Sook Young
        Wife of the Samurai

        P.S. FOR GOD AND COUNTRY!

  • Disgusted

    What bull! I just watched a documentary on the program “American Greed” regarding housing these elligal immigrants in “prison/confinement facility” (whatever you want to call it). We pay billions of tax dollars a year with the system now – think how much we would be paying if we actually punished them for an extended period of time. This is big business for someone and it is not the taxpayer. On the surface this looks like we are doing something that will change the problem, but if you drilled down I bet you would see something entirely different! GREED! That is the motivator for this – that and what a great political move in an election year. No matter that it only looks good on the surface – that is as far as most people look. What a bunch of SHEEPLE we have all become.

    • eddie47d

      That’s what we do best in America incarcerate people without any positive results.

    • 45caliber

      If it wasn’t that our prison system seperates family, they would enjoy being in prison here. They get a good bed, free food, free clothing, TV time, and they don’t have to do much to get it. In fact, they would live better than they do in Mexico as a free citizen.

    • cawmun cents

      Huzzah!
      I give this shout of aproval to you Disgusted says:,you have seen through the smoke blown toward your backside.You have the knowledge of their black science,and have noticed that there is the potential to procure fundage for this experiment.Big fundage.
      You refuse to eat the candy coated scat.
      You are wise.
      You understand the implications of gubments appearing to do something right for a change.Congratulations!
      Suddenly I dont feel so alone anymore.HA,HA,HA……
      -CC.

      • 45caliber

        cawmun:

        You wouldn’t happen to be a member of the SCA would you?

        • cawmun cents

          If that is an acronym for Scat Candy Anonymous…..
          then yes I am!
          -CC.

        • cawmun cents

          It is the age old tactic of throwing money at something and creating the illusion that something is being done.
          It is alot like what is happening in the”drug war”.
          Shuffling money from here to there.
          Taking it out of my pocket,handing it to gubment,them taking it behind their backs,putting it in the other hand,deftly showing me that the hand that took the money is clearly empty,and asking me where it went.
          That is sheer genius.Especially when on paper it looks as if something is being done.The gubment never changes anything,just appears to.
          -CC.

    • CJ

      An idea for a punishment for illegals and putting them to work would be to make them BUILD THE WALL!! with them on their own side of the border.

  • momplayer

    This is kinda like closing the door after the horses have escaped.Thereare so many here already it maybe too little too late.Although I believe there are some who are hard workers and truly want a better life,the majority seem to have came here only for the free ride and have drained our system to the point of no recovery.The drop can be explained not by stronger enforcement,but by illegals relizing it’s harder to get a free ride now than in past. If the goverment truly wants to limit immigration why not make this an english only,why not enforce the employment laws,why not stop aid to illegals? I think this is just another election ploy and as soon as the election is over it will be business as usual.

  • Sirian

    An additional reason the illegal immigrant movement has slowed down is very simple – our economy. Sure the Border Patrol has been doing its best but even so, they can only do so much. With the amount of money that has been wasted on all the new gadgets supposedly helping this problem they could’ve built a fifteen foot double fence the full length of our border. Common sense and application of our standing immigration laws will not be adhered to as long as we maintain the controlling administration in office. This is not strictly restricted to the Oval Office – both houses of congress too. Until that has been accomplished we honestly won’t see a secure border.

    • cawmun cents

      But dont you understand that it would make the assertions of the current administration blatantly false if you were to believe that Sirian?Then Obama wouldnt be seen in the proper light.He might even be seen as(GULP!)helpful!That wouldnt be a fabrication of twisting reality would it?No spin doctors architecting those facts……right?
      Yep Doc Sarvis wouldnt have a leg to stand on if illegals deported themselves because of economic difficulties would he?
      Neither would Omamba.
      Cheers!
      -CC.

  • Doc Sarvis

    We would save loads of money if Americans would stop drawing people over the border to do our labor.

    • s c

      Comrade d, when can we expect to see an illegal take over your job? You’re obviously not a neurosurgeon or a NASA employee. How valuable can you be in this utopia? You can be replaced, genius. Talk about an idea whose time has finally come!

  • Michael

    Why the hell should we pay to keep them up, send them back immediately the first time, then if they show up again,put them in a camp where they are required to provide their on sustenance or work at some type of production which can be marketed to pay their keep. the same goes for food stamps and unemployment. And before everybody gets on their high horse, I’ve been on both before, so I know a thing or two about it. I didn’t actively start seeking a job UNTILL the money was about to run out.

    • 45caliber

      Send them home the first time. The second time, let them build about fifty miles of fence along our border before sending them back. Then put our military on the border (just like most other countries do) with orders to shoot anyone trying to cross.

  • http://msn mike hardin

    Doc: Where are you from? I am from Texas, and can tell you there are so many Mexicans crossing our Borders, you are clueless. Janet is like all obames zars fake like all his programs

    • Dave

      Oooh, your from TEXAS. You must be smarter than all the rest of “us”. I lived in El Paso for many years. Tough situation there. Probably not at all like your area So maybe you don’t know but your little world. Don’t have to act like you are better because you only think you are.
      Most of the Mexicans, as opposed to “the majority” momplayer states are deadbeats, are working harder than any of us “Americans” to stay alive. Their is a work ethic in them.
      Not condoning the illegal activity but consider them part of the family of man.As any religious person should.
      It is true, more have been sent back the last three years than the previous eight, but that can’t count for anything because look who did it. He can’t be right, only wrong, on everything. More dumb drivel.

      • 45caliber

        Dave, you are right. Most of the Mexicans are workers. However they also take away jobs from good Americans because they are willing to take less pay since they also draw Welfare that the Americans can’t get.

      • http://naver sook young

        Why do you people keep praising Obama when he has done nothing for this country? How could he have sent back so many, as you falsly advertized, if he has tried everything he can to keep sates from passing tough immigration laws, sided with Mexico against Arizona in court, and is now trying to take on stat that have passed voter I.D. laws? This doesn’t sound like he is doing much about the illegal immigration problem, but just making it worse. You say he’s done more in his one term as president than Bush did in eight years? Could you please cite a source to prove what you say is true? Here in Indiana, we still have an immigration problem and it is hard foir the Americans to get the jobs. i’ve also lived in Texas around Fort Hood and there are a lot of Hispanics here also. Nothing against the ones here legally, but you really need to open your eyes and see what they are doing affects unemployment and our economy. Thank you.

        Sook Young
        Wife of the Samurai

        P.S. FOR GOD AND COUNTRY!

        • s c

          sook young, utopians see their leaders as ‘gods.’ The danger of that is obvious to people who respect common sense. They see Obummer as The God, and because he is at the top of their universe, he is infallible.
          What they refuse to admit is that Obummer’ arrogance (and what’s close to unlimited power)
          has turned America into a nightmare.
          Utopians see right as left, up as down, in as out, and anyone who won’t suck up to them is seen as an infidel (not unlike the way certain Muslims worship Sharia Law). I see no reason to waste time trying to communicate with any utopian.

          • http://naver sook young

            Thank you for your post and you are prbably right. But there is no harm in trying to brng them into the light. Thank you.

            Sook Young
            Wife of the Samurai

            P.S. FOR GOD AND COUNTRY!

    • eddie47d

      Mike; Thousands come across the border legally to work or to shop. At the end of the day they go home and that is why you see “so many” streaming across. Not every Mexican is an illegal and the situation is better at this time. Look at any legal border crossing station and it is always the same everyday .

      • Michael Click

        Yes, probably 98%+ of people “streaming across” the border at crossing stations are doing so legally and have documentation to prove it, but what about the thousands crossing at un-monitored points on the border? The great majority of those people are illegal. Why else would they cross in that manner and subject themselves to all the danger and harsh conditions in doing so?
        Putting up that proposed fence would at least slow the flow of illegals across the border.

  • Barbara

    We are spending too much on these Mexicans. The ones that make it thru gets help from welfare, free medical and medications, we educate all the babies they have and now college while the tax paying American struggles to pay their doctor bills, budget their food bill and provide their kids lunch at school while the Mexicans get free lunch and throw out most of it in the trash. We are the suckers and no one is complaining or doing anything about it. Let’s all get together and protest by the thousands like the Mexicans do to us…same with the other foreigners. Quit being the sucker, Americans.

    • 45caliber

      I had a friend who used to own an apartment building. Most of those living there were on Welfare, with all its perks, while both the man and wife were working full time and the children part time. When he asked them why they did, they told him that the money was available free and that anyone who didn’t take advantage of it was a fool.

  • Bert Cundle Sr.

    Isn’t TRESPASSING UNLAWFUL? If some one steeling, in your house… do you put them to work? Do you give the $ you put away for your childreens colledge, to them? Do you open your pantry, of your 1 weeks, meals to last till payday? Well, The Government does…

    • 45caliber

      I had a minister once near Corpus Christi who preached from the pulpit that it was our duty to go to the border, pick up Mexicans sneaking across, and bring them back to our own homes. We were to support them and keep them safe until they could find a good job (with our help).

      He was puzzled when the church insisted on getting a new minister.

      • s c

        45caliber, your ‘preacher’ was a social engineer. That “preacher” has been programmed, and would lead his flock into apostasy without thinking twice about it. Can I assume that the flock couldn’t get rid of that utopian twit fast enough?

        • 45caliber

          You can assume that, yes.

  • 45caliber

    “Years of growth in the Border Patrol staff and technology have helped drive down the number of illegal aliens who attempt to cross the border.”

    Actually, the reduction in the number of illegals coming across has nothing to do with the Border Patrol. It is due to the lack of jobs in the US. And the Border Patrol STILL sends move illegals home who have committed OTHER crimes here. About the only ones they don’t send home are the murderers – and many of them still go.

  • http://msn Kerri

    Nothing is going to change on this issue untill our elected officails secure our borders and enforce the laws we already have on the books. Simple as that. This will never happen because our elected officials get rich in thier jobs by making one set of laws for themselfs and another for us. We desperately need term limits. That also will never happen because the ones we want out are the ones who create and pass the laws. Who is ever going to make a law to loose their own job? We need a national referemdum on term limits where We The People vote on the issue.

  • H C Mac

    This is just a thought and it may sound heartless but;
    This potential 5th column must be deported to protect our national interests. When the illegals are deported confiscate all their assets (Everything bank accounts savings EVERY THING!!!!,) then only allow them to leave with the clothing they are wearing, nothing else.
    How they survive when they leave our borders is their problem not ours. They came here illegally (ILLEGAL MEANS ILLEGAL)
    And they should pay the consequences.
    When the word gets out the US’s illegal problem will be cut drastically.

    • Bert Cundle Sr.

      But when the Catholic Church Uses the Government, to take care of their flock, with jobs, benifits (reserved for citizans)they even send their $ to family in Mexico.
      { The illegal Migrant Workers are used & abused to bust Labor Unions.} When the Government & Church are dun with them they go home to the povershed condition they came from) “Modern Slavery!”

      • Bert Cundle Sr.

        The Dream Act is a dropping of the requirements to become Legal Citizens. Not Show Disrespect to Immigration Rules. OUR POLITICANS ARE RESPONSIBLE!

        With their U.S. Treasure Pay Check in hand, SPEAKING for Americans… NOT U.S. Citizens!

        • http://naver sook young

          If they want to stay here or become citizens, then let them do it legally. Let them go through the system like I did, no short cuts. Have them stand in sometimes long line, always carry your green card, passport, or both. Let them do the paperwork and have current photos ready for if they ask for them. Let them do all of this and then they can become citizens. No short cuts for political reasons. The liberals aren’t really looking at this problem, because they re the ones voting for the liberals to stay in office. Vote all these people out and let’s make our nation more secure. No exceptions! Thank you.

          Sook Young
          Wife of the Samurai

          P.S. FOR GOD AND COUNTRY!

          • Bert Cundle Sr.

            You have mt Respect if you Went through the gontlet… I have on several occasions, disagreed with You & Sameri… Some times; it seams that you take up with Status Quo…( Christianity.) When I Have Respect & understand for some Orental Religions. ” On Immigration: You & I are Right!”

    • CJ

      Yes, it does sound heartless. I’d let them take their transportable assets with them and make sure they also take their anchor babies so their families wouldn’t be divided. Amnesty in the ’80s was a big mistake and only encouraged more illegals to come and stay. All laws should be enforced, especially the federal law which requires employers only hire legal residents. ‘Labor ready’ street corners should be illegal. Laws against selling tamales without a health license on the street corners should be enforced. Drivers’ license laws should be enforced. U.S. Citizens must obey the laws, but exceptions are made for illegals wherever you look. It’s ridiculous!

  • ranger hall

    Momplayer, Kerri Good Thoughts…LETS see WE doubled the amount of Border Patrol Agents. Millions Of Dollars extra each year The tax payer is Paying.Most likely 80% mexicans. No Problem.
    Lets see the Laws have been on the books for YEARS,YEARS. Still have not made our Borders SAFE. WE have a right to use our Military to Protect our Borders. The Politicians TALK about our Countrys safety BUT do very LITTLE. They seem only willing to Put more Laws on the books that Keep US Americans as the Countrys Problem. Maybe to many payoffs.
    NOW how many Made it Across, Heck we do not know.
    NOW we have Laws on the books that are designed to Punish Americans and Companys That Hire Illegals,,,BUT we DO NOT, With out Jobs and welfare Money these people would not come Here. Thousands of Illegals Pay NONE or Very Little into the system,Lets see Most on the tax forms have 5 or more dependents OPs no fed or State Tax. Thousands on the streets working UNDER tha Table, NO taxes at all. People YOU are responsible for this, And only we can stop this.
    ILLEGALS HAVE NO RIGHTS IN THIS COUNTRY,But if we Enforced our laws it would also help stop drugs, weapons, and money. SO you can see the politicins is not going to let this happen.

  • H C Mac

    Our leaders don’t read history Rome’s history for example.
    1. Rome debased its money.
    2. Rome couldn’t control its borders.
    3. Rome let the barbarians in.
    4. Rome was over taxed.
    5. Most of the Roman population was on the dole.
    6. The Rome elite controlled the country to the detriment of the average Roman.
    7. Roman morals dropped into the gutter.
    8. Rome lost its work ethic.
    9. Rome fell to the barbarians.
    10. Roman leaders were corrupt.
    This sounds strangely like our country, we still have chance to change this around!!!!!

    • eddie47d

      Rome also stole from other nations to achieve it’s wealth and spread it’s armies around the known world. They stopped being able to defend itself on the home front.

      • http://naver sook young

        Because they became a different empire. They started having dictators, the Senate lost its ability to run the government, they lost their morals, ethics, and their legions became lazy. In other words, they stopped being traditional and conservative and became liberal. Thank you.

        Sook Young
        Wife of the Samurai

        P.S. FOR GOD AND COUNTRY!

  • http://ByGeorge By George

    Immediate castration for repeat offenders. That should do it!

    • Michael Click

      Castration might be difficult for females. It might be overly harsh for children as well. Once castration is performed (and recovered from) it still doesn’t stop repeat offenders from re-crossing the border.

      Perhaps some easily identifiable mark (such as branding) on an easily seen part of the body – such as back of the right hand or cheek would be preferable. Branding of criminals has a long history and could be performed painlessly by trained medical personnel.

      Yes, I’m joking, but branding is no more extreme than forced castration.

  • THOR 2 4

    BLOWING SMOKE!! WHAT THEY DO BEST. FOLLOW THE MONEY !!!
    THERE IS A BIGGER GAME AFOOT .THINK ABOUT IT. HOW MUCH MONEY IS PUT INTO THIS ?
    WHO GETS THIS MONEY ? MAYBE ITS THE ONES WHO MAKE UP THE PROBLEM IN
    THE FIRST PLACE. WHO PASS THESE BILLS, LAWS , ECT. REPEAT BIZ.!!
    CONSTANT FLOW OF PEOPLE = $ TO SOLVE THE PROB.
    WHAT NO ONE HAS TALKED ABOUT IS HOW MANY ARMED GANGS ( NOT LOYAL

    TO THE US) HAVE INFILTRATED OUR CITYS AND TOWNS ALREADY ???
    WAITING TO MAKE A MOVE !!! I ASK WHY ? IS IT TO HAVE A REASON TO
    DECLARE MARTIAL LAW ?????? FOR OUR SAFETY YAHA THATS IT !
    THE POLICE ARE OUT GUNNED NOW!! WHO WILL PROTECT US ? IM SURE THE GOV.
    HAS OUR BEST INT. IN MIND. ! NO NO NO ! I THINK WE ARE…
    PREP. NOW !! WHEN THE _ _ I T HITS THE FAN. YOU WONT BE ABLE TO CALL
    9 1 1 .GET YOUR COMMUNITY READY TO DO IT. FOOD ,WATER ,PROTECTION,
    MEDICAL,ECT. THIS YOU CAN DEPEND ON!!! DONT DO ANYTHING OUTSIDE
    THE LAW . BUT EVERYTHING WITHIN IT !!!

  • Jim

    So the amount they catch goes down and they assume that less of them are coming here. Hmmmmm. When they do catch them they should fingerprint and retina scan them and add that to the database of people who can NEVER get a LEGAL job nor can ever become a citizen in the U.S., nor if they are serviced at any hospital at least their kids cannot be considered citizens or go to our schools. That would stop a lot of the el toro poo poo of getting caught, sent home and getting caught etc……

  • FWO21

    Has anyone been checking the beaches lately. I was reading how they were coming in on boats because there was too much surveillance on land.

  • Gringo Infidel

    “Punish?” How exactly? Making them pick up trash alongside highways, detention with free health care, a/c, meals, and a room, or flogging?

    What is ‘punishment’ anymore?

    Maybe they should all be let in and we keep out moslems. At least the Hispanic folks are largely hard working, Christian folks who want a better life than can be had where they were born.

    I’ll take anyone who accepts the U.S.’s value system over those jihadists who seek to outbreed us and supplant us from our Republic.

    Discriminatory? Yes! So what – everyone discriminates daily to varying degrees – it is NOT about skin color despite what the hacks who make a tidy living try to remind us. It is about choices. I choose for folks that share my values rather than jihadistan’s.

  • George B.

    Lots to think about. It will not change until we vote in new politicians. They are as responsible for this mess as the Illegals. We need to stop all aid to people who cannot show proof of citizenship. Welfare, Housing, Education any assistance of any kind.
    Apairo in Arizona is being beat-up on for trying to do the right thing. The numbers are staggering and something or somebody has to step-up to the plate. Enforcement of our laws is necessary. Punishment for people who employ illegals or harbor them needs to be swift and hard. When picked up the illegals need to be deported immediately. Our Judges are afraid they will hurt someones feelings if they are hard on criminals, Illegals are criminals, everyone seems to forget that. Some were brought here by their parents and had no say in the matter but they are still criminals (child abuse ) and must be deported. It amazes me the number of Americans that cannot distinguish between Right and Wrong. It’s not left or right wing, Democrat or Republican problem it is an American problem and we should correct it now. Make it so tough people will want to abide by the law and fear the consequences.

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