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What do you get when you mix inhumanity with bureaucratic targets? Immigration raids that make up the numbers by rounding up the easiest targets rather than the most dangerous fugitives.

The New York Times reports that:

Federal immigration officials had repeatedly told Congress that among
more than half a million immigrants with outstanding deportation
orders, they would concentrate on rounding up the most threatening —
criminals and terrorism suspects.

Instead, newly available documents show, the agency changed the rules,
and the program increasingly went after easier targets. A vast majority
of those arrested had no criminal record, and many had no deportation
orders against them, either.

Meanwhile, America's border wall is proving to be another fiasco, the Wall St Journal reports:

Opponents of the fence have petitioned the Obama administration to halt construction. Environmentalists are demanding a top-level review of the route, which they say would block such rare species as the ocelot from critical habitat. Property owners are contesting federal seizure of their land. Engineers are struggling to address flooding concerns.

And all the while, drug smugglers and illegal immigrants continue to breach the fencing that is up, forcing Border Patrol agents and contractors to return again and again for repairs. The smugglers build ramps to drive over fencing, dig tunnels under it, or use blow torches to slice through. They cut down metal posts used as vehicle barriers and replace them with dummy posts, made from cardboard.

Texas state Sen. Eliot Shapleigh gets it right:

What we see is a muro del odio [wall of hate]. Simply put, it doesn't work. We hope Obama will take the wall down.
Posted 04 Feb 2009 in Blog
  1. Lurker says:

    When we think of a fence, we are thinking more like something Israel has. Concrete sections, sensors etc. Works pretty well by all accounts.
    Pretty scary for you and your repulsive friend Eliot Shapleigh.

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