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Thursday, May 25, 2006

Clinton Tougher On Border Than Bush ..... ?

Red Hot Cuppa doesn't especially want to post this and I agree. That said, you need to see all of the picture to understand. Now,....that said...I have a question. How was interior enforcement on this subject?

There are numerous instances where the "INS attempted enforcing the law successfully, only to have various groups or politicians step in." I'm not just pointing a finger at Clinton (well, yes I am...and guess which one?). The problems always go much deeper and beefing up the border is a good first step, but why bother doing anything if is all skirted at some point in the process? Our government cannot be allowed to play the same games over and over.

Cross posted from Red Hot Cuppa Politics:

Here's another article I don't especially want to post, but I think it might be important:

From the WashingtonTimes, which can usually be counted on to be fairly reliable:

The U.S. Border Patrol increased at a faster rate and apprehended more illegal aliens per year under President Clinton than under President Bush, according to statistics from a new, unpublished congressional research briefing report.

Mr. Bush trails his predecessor on a series of measures of border security, says the briefing from the Congressional Research Service to the House Judiciary Committee, which was based on Department of Homeland Security data.

Mr. Clinton increased the number of Border Patrol agents and pilots by 126 percent over his eight-year term, or an average of 642 per year, while Mr. Bush has averaged 411 new agents per year through 2005, for a total increase of 22.3 percent over his tenure.

Although Mr. Bush last week said his administration has caught and returned 6 million illegal aliens, that's actually a drop from any five-year period during Mr. Clinton's administration, the briefing says.

Meanwhile, the number of alien absconders has grown by more than 200,000 during Mr. Bush's term, reaching 536,644 in fiscal 2005; the number of completed fraud cases has dropped; and, until recently, detention beds hovered at or below the level Mr. Bush inherited from Mr. Clinton in 2001
The report remains unpublished; I'd like to get a look at the original if it's possible.

I'd also like to point out that Vincente Fox was not in office during the Clinton era. Fox has been encouragind, and aiding, Mexicans to cross the border.

Meanwhile, the Senate Gerbil Pork Sausage Pattie will hit the House in the next couple of weeks. Here are the main points of the final bill, according to the NYT's:
Under the Senate agreement, illegal immigrants who have lived in the United States for five years or more, about seven million people, would eventually be granted citizenship if they remained employed, passed background checks, paid fines and back taxes, and enrolled in English classes.

Illegal immigrants who have lived here two to five years, about three million people, would have to leave the country briefly and receive a temporary work visa before returning, as a guest worker. Over time, they would be allowed to apply for permanent residency and ultimately citizenship.

Illegal immigrants who have been here less than two years, about one million people, would be required to leave the country altogether. They could apply for the guest worker program, but they would not be guaranteed acceptance in it.

The legislation would also require employers to use a new employment verification system that would distinguish between legal and illegal workers. In addition, it would impose stiff fines for violations by employers, create legal-immigrant documents resistant to counterfeiting, increase the number of Border Patrol agents and mandate other enforcement measures.

The employer verification might do some good, but the basic objection by the House is expected to revolve around the path to citizenship.

There are also no teeth in the bill, i.e., why would anyone want to go to the trouble of jumping through the hoops and expense of being a citizen when they can have what they want without doing it? Why would anyone volunteer to do the guest worker program, when there's no enforcement to stop the status quo...

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