Rosemary Jenks's picture


  by  Rosemary Jenks

Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano (aka, J-No) in December 2009 assured the Senate Judiciary Committee that the Obama Administration had already made great strides in securing our borders, thus moving us one step closer to “Comprehensive Immigration Reform.”

“Our efforts are achieving their desired results at the border. . . . In short, the security of our southwest border has been transformed.”

--Testimony of Secretary Napolitano before the Senate Committee on the Judiciary, December 9, 2009

As proof of this outrageously optimistic assertion, Secretary J-No pointed to a decline in the number of illegal aliens apprehended along the border.

“[A]pprehensions of illegal aliens at the border have dropped to their lowest levels in decades, signaling reduced traffic flows and fewer attempts to illegally enter the United States.”

--Testimony of Secretary Napolitano before the Senate Committee on the Judiciary, December 9, 2009

Apprehensions have, in fact, dropped from 723,840 in FY 2008 to around 556,000 in FY 2009, and the FY 2009 figure is the lowest since the early 1970s. It is also likely that some of this decline reflects the fact that fewer illegal aliens are attempting to enter the United States, especially considering our double-digit unemployment. However, even DHS’s own inflated estimates acknowledge that the Border Patrol has “effective control” over only 939 of the 6,000 miles of land borders.

Moreover, when I visited with Border Patrol Agents in the Tucson Sector in mid-October of 2009 and asked if they believe the official DHS line that three illegal aliens successfully enter the United States for every one who is apprehended, they laughed. The reality, they said, is that 10 or more get through for every one who is caught. That was two months before Secretary J-No shared her rosy view with the Senate Judiciary Committee.

If the Border Patrol agents’ estimate is correct, that would mean that illegal aliens successfully penetrated our borders more than 5.5 million times in FY 2009. That doesn’t sound much like a “transformation” to me. In Secretary J-No’s world, however, this transformation explains why she has asked Congress for $11.6 million less in funding for “border security between ports of entry” and for $225.8 million less in funding for “border fencing, infrastructure, and technology” for FY 2011.

I also have to wonder if the marked increase in the number of armed illegal aliens and the astronomical increase in the number of reported incidents of violence against border agents are part of the “desired results” that Secretary J-No touted during the Senate hearing. The number of assaults against Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers along the Southwest border increased by 176% in FY 2008. While official data for FY 2009 have not yet been released, anecdotal evidence suggests that violence directed at CBP officers has continued to grow. It seems safe to say that this is not a desired result—at least not for CBP officers, in any case.

Speaking of armed illegal aliens entering the United States undeterred, the accompanying video was captured by “game cameras” (i.e., cameras with motion sensors to activate them) set up by concerned citizens in the Arizona desert in December 2009—the very same month that Secretary J-No was assuring the Senate that the Obama Administration has “transformed” the southwest border. The video you see here is actually three separate video clips caught when the game cameras were triggered on three different days in December. All three are from cameras set up in the Sonoran Desert National Monument, which is comprised of almost 500,000 acres southwest of Phoenix and is managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), which has only a small handful of law enforcement rangers to patrol and protect this vast area.

The first two video clips were captured at the same location at two different times. The first clip shows two illegal aliens armed with rifles with scopes. The second clip shows a group of illegal alien drug mules (also called “backpackers” for obvious reasons) carrying bundles of marijuana on their backs. Each of the bundles weighs 40-50 pounds. The black jugs all these individuals are carrying are water jugs made specially for the Mexican drug cartels from black plastic, since regular plastic jugs reflect moonlight and so are easily visible at night. As I saw during my border visit in October, large parts of the desert are littered (no pun intended) with these black jugs.

When these backpackers reach a pre-designated place along a road or highway, they will stash the drugs near the road, but out of sight. The drugs will then be picked up by armed men in a vehicle with U.S. registration and driven to a stash house. The illegal-alien backpackers will either head back to Mexico for the next load or they will continue on into the U.S. city of their choice to join the existing illegal population, depending on whether they are employed by the cartels or were just working off part of their smuggling fee by carrying the drugs.

The third clip shows one illegal alien, followed shortly by a second illegal alien with a MAC-10 machine gun strapped over his chest.

Note that all three clips were captured in broad daylight.

I think we can probably all agree that the Southwest border has been “transformed.” I doubt, however, that most of us would associate this transformation with security or see it as a desired result.

Nevertheless, in Secretary J-No’s world this transformation (combined with double-digit unemployment) means it is time to concede the seven million American jobs currently held by illegal aliens and make sure those illegal aliens can keep those jobs permanently.

“We must seize this moment to build a truly effective immigration system that deters illegal immigration, provides effective and enduring enforcement tools, protects workers from exploitation and retaliation, and creates a tough but fair path to legalization for the millions of illegal immigrants already here.”

--Testimony of Secretary Napolitano before the Senate Committee on the Judiciary, December 9, 2009

Note that Secretary J-No uses the oxymoronic term “illegal immigrant” here, but she uses the correct term, “illegal alien,” when she’s bragging about securing the border. (By definition, an “immigrant” is an alien who has been granted lawful permanent residence, and so cannot be illegal.) Hmmm.

Since taking office, Secretary J-No has dismantled many of our most effective enforcement tools. She has:

  • Ended worksite raids;
  • Prohibited state and local police from turning over regular illegal aliens (i.e., those who have not committed any crimes except illegal entry or other crimes associated with being in the United States illegally) to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE);
  • Rescinded the so-called “No-Match Rule” which told employers to fire known illegal-alien workers; and
  • Worked to repeal the REAL ID Act, which prevents illegal aliens from obtaining state driver’s licenses, among other things.

I have to agree that now is the time for “effective and enduring enforcement tools.” The problem is figuring out what this statement means in Secretary J-No’s world.

On the other hand, Secretary J-No makes no bones about what comprises the non-enforcement aspects of “reform” in her world.

“Immigration reform must consist of a "three-legged stool" that includes a commitment to serious and effective enforcement, improved legal flows for families and workers, and a firm but fair way to deal with those who are already here.”

--Testimony of Secretary Napolitano before the Senate Committee on the Judiciary, December 9, 2009

You may remember the phrase “three-legged stool” from the last administration. President George W. Bush was particularly fond of that phrase. For him, it meant:

1. Enforcement;
2. Increased legal immigration; and
3. Amnesty (aka, matching willing workers with willing employers).

As it turns out, it means the same thing in Secretary J-No’s world. Surprise!

And what constitutes amnesty in Secretary J-No’s world?

“We need legislation that creates the foundation for requiring illegal immigrants already in this country to register, supply biometric data, pass a criminal background check, pay requisite penalties, pay their taxes, and learn English in order to legalize their status.”

--Testimony of Secretary Napolitano before the Senate Committee on the Judiciary, December 9, 2009

Sound familiar? It should, since this is the same amnesty plan that Senators Kennedy and McCain—with assistance from President Bush, of course—tried to ram down our throats in 2007. The only difference now is that millions more Americans are out of work and in desperate need of jobs.

As with Senators Kennedy and McCain, though, general amnesty for the 12 to 20 million illegal aliens living here is not enough in Secretary J-No’s world.

“DHS supports including certain students with long-standing roots in our country who attended our nation's schools within the coverage of comprehensive immigration reform.”

--Testimony of Secretary Napolitano before the Senate Committee on the Judiciary, December 9, 2009

Yep, you guessed it. Secretary J-No wants the DREAM Act included in her massive amnesty. I would note, by the way, that when she says “DHS supports” the DREAM Act, she clearly is not including the majority of law enforcement officers within DHS who actually believe in the rule of law.

So, why, at a time of double-digit unemployment, would Secretary J-No tell the Senate that, since she’s secured the border, now it’s time to move on to amnesty?

“In my meetings with leaders in agriculture, service industries and other fields, they have told me that current visa policies are hindering the growth of businesses looking to expand. . . . Businesses must be able find the workers they need here in America, rather than having to move overseas.”

--Testimony of Secretary Napolitano before the Senate Committee on the Judiciary, December 9, 2009


There is only one conclusion to be drawn from all this: Secretary J-No’s world bears no resemblance to the world we’re living (and trying to find work) in.

ROSEMARY JENKS is the Director, Government Relations for NumbersUSA

Illegal Immigration
border control

Updated: Fri, Apr 9th 2010 @ 8:20am EDT

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Albert 3441 of PA's picture
How can Secretary Napolitano conclude that a decline in the rate of apprehensions is evidence of success? If an American city were to reduce the number of policemen on patrol or restrict their ability to make arrests, wouldn’t we see a reduction in the number of apprehensions for crimes in that city? Would that be evidence that their crime problem is under control? I think that a more valid measure of efficacy is needed here, for example, a substantial reduction in the size of the illegal population in the US.
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Martin  1153 of WA's picture
She Ruined Her State, Now its Time for her to Ruin America Why did Obama pick an open border advocate as DHS head? With her controlling DHS, the late Ted Kennedy's 2001 joke was apparently right on: The creation of the new agency DHS, after 911, is just re-arranging the chairs on the Titanic...LOL
Kathleen 9822 of WA's picture
It is clear Obama and J NO believe in open borders and amnesty . The whole admin has done nothing but prove this to be the case, as Holder is busy prosecuting anti illegal law enforcement agencies . If the federal government refuses to do the job of enforcing immigration laws , what recourse do citizens have ? How many illegal aliens can we sustain before we reach critical mass ? How can anyone in their right mind see how this benefits Americans ? We are creating a huge underclass of humanity dependent on social welfare. Can cities, states increasingly bear the financial burden of the onslaught of needs brought on by illegal aliens ? We American citizens can complain but I'm afraid it seems to fall on deaf ears.
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Gerry 7969 of CA's picture
We must call for J NO to be fired she should of been fired after the christmas day bomber attempt! I cant stand her she is total open borders and should never be In charge of Home land security she is a Joke! and not a funny one ,we must get this vidio ou to the MEDIA and show Americans how pourous our borders still are and how many illegal immigrants are walking into this country with loads off drugs!! this alone should be enough to fire that useless J NO .
Penny 5011 of CA's picture
In the tragic Bush/Cheney/Rice situation; same story...for all it did to hold them responsible. But does this responsibilty really matter to them anyway? Since the early '80's Iranian refugee influx till the early '90's El Salvadorian legitimate immigration; a giant green light was mounted at our Southern border for "others"....and if I have problems with that then the media cooked up these cuckoo rhetorical arguments to tell citizen's to "stuff it". *I read about a Guatamalean young man that seriously assaulted his former girlfriend last week and he had been deported already NINE TIMES, a criminal many times over. Heck of a job, J-No! Again, in advance- if they listen at all, I hold President Obama & Secretary Napolitano personally responsible for what occurs due to their extreme negligence. I pray that there will be nothing dire. Cynical about this? YES what happens to foreign nationals that won't self- deport after the Nov 2010 shake-up. I say GET TOUGH! As in: TOUGH. What we have now is deplorable. Does Mr Obama, as smart as he is, thinks we don't notice the "freeze" on securing this border and or the consequences? Each president's action and inaction can and do have consequences. I am watching this like a hawk. Napolitano's three-legged "stool" is a stool alright...just a different kind!
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Thomas 2924 of IN's picture
The numbers speak for themselves. If half a million are detained and even the DHS admits that 1.5 million enter successfully, with the number being perhaps 3 times that high, the border is still wide open. When the economy starts to recover there will not be a job offered that does not have a line of illegal aliens applying for it. If you build a fence around your yard that is 3/4 open gate it isn't a fence it's an art object. We need to secure the border. It can be done, but we need to be serious about it, and having a DHS Secretary telling fables is not serious. The continuing porosity of the border, plus the ease of legal entry with tourist, student and business visas means that although the border is important, but it will never be more than a small part of the answer. We need complete entry-exit monitoring of all people who enter legally to make sure they leave on time, and of course we need the full panoply of workplace enforcement: E-Verify, no-match letters with required compliance, notification of workers with multiple employers reporting social security contributions. None of these things are expensive, and they would all pay for themselves from day one just in reduced tax burden. It's frustrating to have a government that is fully complicit in the most serious criminal activity affecting your country. It's a wonder congressmen don't sell heroin on school playgrounds to finance their reelection campaigns, at least in most districts.
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Albert 3441 of PA's picture
Well said, Thomas. There is one other thing to consider, though: interior enforcement. Without it, no amount of border security will avail. Presently, illegals know that once they get 10 miles or so from the border, they are unlikely to be apprehended - ever. That needs to change. Because once they realize that, having successfully broken in to our country, they won't get past the first policeman, I think that we would see a major drop in illegal entry.
Nina 6974 of VA's picture
What is it going to take? Tea Parties on the borders? This has gone past ridiculous to insane. We have to get this woman out of power. And we need to get someone in the office who has the guts to save our country.
Cynthia 1687 of CA's picture
I agree but lets put the blame where it belongs and that's with Congress and the Senate. We do need to vote these people out asap. We need to let them know that they are working for us. The threat is not just about jobs but about our safety. Just watch the news. Gangs involved in murder, kidnapping, drugs, you name it. They don't care because they will just cross the border if they think they will get caught. It's time to put a stop to this. We have quietly been saying for years this needs to stop and no one has paid us any attention. Congress thinks they know whats best for us and have said just that. They have forced us to take a stand and a stand we must take. Vote them out if you want to save our country. As Stephen said "WAKE UP AMERICA!"
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Mary 6016 of VA's picture
We need to get tougher! Mandate E-Verify for all jobs, deport the illegals we find and not allow them to return for 20 years! Illegals costs us Billions of dollars in higher health care and other costs because hospitals have to pass their costs on to us, so businesses have to do the same which makes their products and services cost more to us and our state and federal government that buys it. If 15+ Million of our unemployed doesn't prove that we cannot employ the world, they need to get our of office. Illegals came on their own and need to leave the same way. No more excuses, we cannot afford this anymore!
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Mary 6016 of VA's picture
Obama is just as much to blame as Congress because all he has to do is what he campaigned on which he said he will "hold illegal employers accountable". An executive order mandating E-verify for all jobs would open up 7+ Million jobs for our unemployed!!! It takes little time to verify an employee so the excuse of it being costly is bull!
Richard 2788 of AZ's picture
Things here in a major mojado-crossing state are going from bad to worse - things are NOT improving. Here we hear almost daily of yet another illegal apprehended for some criminal act. This ranges from kidnapping young schoolgirls on their way to school, to drop-houses full of illegals and cartel members, to police officers killed during a routine traffic stop. This sad state of affairs has been building for years. Numerous legislative attempts were made during Napalatano's tenure as our Governor to slow down the invasion- and were vetoed. I am particulary troubled by all of this for two reasons. 1. My wife and I did the right thing when she immigrated from Canada to marry me. Fifteen months and several thousand dollars AFTER we were married, she finally received her "green card". She could not (and did not) work during this waiting period. 2. We travel the state on a Harley and now find it necessary to do so fully armed, especially within an hour or so of the border. AZ is an open-carry state and may, beginning this year, not require a permit for concealed carry. Since my government is refusing to protect me, I must take measures to protect my wife and myself. Since our government has no problem spending billions of our tax dollars to maintain order in the middle east, why not simply bring our military home and have them maintain order on OUR border. I doubt our fighting men and women would mind. You figure it is all the same "working conditions" but with cell phone coverage! I think it would be easier for most Americans to support our troops then - because they would truely be defending our country and our freedoms... not someone else's.
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Glenn 6349 of IN's picture
Numbers USA - I've read countless articles, comments and opinions. I've see all the videos that contradict the government's public statements. But, here's a fact of life in America. If it's not on the nightly news, it doesn't exist. We get on these internet sites and b..tch, moan, complain and , yes, point fingers to no avail. Stop posting Action Buffet letters and FAX's to congressmen who don't give a damn what we think or say. Start setting up buffet items to be sent to NBC, CBS, ABC and let them know the truth must be aired as well as the lies. Let them know we will boycot their advertisers. Let them know that our soldiers, sailors, and airmen didn't interpret freedom as the freedom to just walk into this country at will, take the jobs, distribute the drugs, and commit crimes in a place they have absolutely no business being. If the major media FAX and phone lines get plugged up, you'll get a much better response than from a politician scared of losing his job. Yeah, yeah, I know who controls the media and how biased they are and how they support political agendas. Don't reply with all that rhetoric. Been there , done that. Put extreme pressure on the media. Make them tell the real story and THEN ask people like J-No to justify their remarks in light of irrefutable evidence to the contrary. IF ITS NOT ON TV, IT DOESN'T EXIST.
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Frank 8259 of TX's picture
Yeah, you are so correct. You can even lie though and it becomes fact on TV. We need more control of our countrys' border and JN seems to think different. Perhaps while in office gw smoke too much weed and it is now effecting the president and his cabinet. WHO KNOW THE FACTS; NOT US, PAUL HARVEY IS NOT HERE NO LONGER TO TELL US WHAT IS ACTUALLY ON PAGE 2. I HAVE BEEN A LIFE TIME PRO DEMOCRAT MORE OR LESS, BUT THIS OLE BIDDIE IS ABOUT TO CHANGE THAT FOR ME AT 72 YEARS YOUNG. Frank Bowers over in Austin, TX
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Shar 2845 of MN's picture
I totally AGREE with Glenn6349 of IN He posted that "If it's not on the nightly news, it doesn't exist." His EXCELLENT suggestion is to start posting Action Buffet letters and FAX's to be sent to NBC, CBS, ABC, et al, and to start demanding that they begin telling the truth. His point is "If the major media FAX and phone lines get plugged up, you'll get a much better response than from a politician scared of losing his job." So, ROY & ALL YOU NUMBERS I.T. GUYS -- I hope you are listening -- this is a GREAT idea -- make it happen please!!
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Teresa 8765 of VA's picture
How hard would it be to set up a web site with phone & fax numbers of the major news media? The names and phone numbers of the CEO's who head the media. Provide talking points and "form letters." So we the "public" can let our voices be heard where it may make a greater difference. I'm not against faxing or talking to those in office. They don't seem to be listening. Or their vote can be "bought." I think it's time to let the medida know that the grassroots of America isn't "stupid." We are more informed then they'd like to give us credit. The news should be "fair and balanced." If the news media can continue to be biased and present only why side and no one is objecting.... Just want to express my favor in contacting the news media and making them be acountable for a change. Teresa
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Roger 8571 of MI's picture
Yes send email and call Fox News, NPR and CNN too asking for better coverage of illegal immigration. It seems all major mainstream organizations whether Left or Right are not telling the American Public the facts on this subject.
Thomas 2924 of IN's picture
Albert3441, you are absolutely right. Workplace enforcement is not enough. Certainly, any routine police interaction with people suspected of being illegal or of possessing false documents should result in a status check and arrest if the person is in the country illegally. That should be routine police procedure. They check for everything else when they pull you over for a traffic violation. Police should also be able to check with tax authorities on compliance for suspicious businesses. Immigration law violations should be investigated by local law enforcement just as they investigate other violations. City police don't look the other way just because a violation is state or federal rather than a violation of a local ordinance. The same standard should be applied to immigration violations.
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Thomas 2924 of IN's picture
Richard2788 you are right, we need to build a string of small military bases on the border and use them to patrol it effectively. As troops return from Iraq, deploy them to the border. They can live there in American style accommodations with their families and put enough boots on the ground to stop people and drugs from crossing into this country and illicit money and arms into Mexico. Everybody wins.
Richard 2467 of TX's picture
Napolitano turned Phoneix into the kidnap capital of the US while she was governor of Arizona. Now she wants to do the same for the rest of our cities. Napolitano is one of the least qualified people to head Homeland Security. The madness in Washington never ends!
Shirley 0418 of AL's picture
As a former bookkeeper, I know that when employing a person you have send a form to verify their SSN (I-9 form). This was to check a person to see if that number belonged to a one owing child support. If so, you ended up collecting, from their check, back child support. Why don't all employers have to do the same to verify legal American status? Shirley
Cal 3639 of WY's picture
The real problem is complacency, lack of parenting skills, public schools teaching social agenda instead of education. Big Business says they need all these workers, agriculture needs them but very few American kids will fill these jobs because they are taught that these jobs are beneath them. It can be done(legal visa workers) only if all involved do their jobs, this is not happening, and until we can get the unions, lobbyists out of our politicians pockets, all of this will continue. No more in state tuition for illegals, no drivers licenses, no health care and a change in policy about anchor babies is needed , and most of all we as Americans need to vote out all politicians that invoke personal belief's over written laws, this holds true for judges as well!
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Elaine 7431 of AZ's picture
Richard, I agree wholeheartedly agree with your comments, including the gun carrying part. I moved to Arizona from Tennessee when I was 5 years in 1953. It was a shameful thing to hire illegal Mexicans and they were treated with subhuman standards (living in the orchards and fields they worked.) The words "wet-back" referred to the salty brine that would accumulate on their shirts from their sweat. What people would do this knowingly to themselves? Desperate ones. Like my Irish ancestors who came over in the hold of a ship with more than a 50% mortality rate for the trip. But, the difference is that my ancestors went through Ellis Island and waited to be ACCEPTED by those who had already developed this society, if there was work for them and if they truly PLEDGED ALLEGIANCE TO THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, forgoing all other allegiance (including language, laws, societal requirements, etc.) They did not demand rights and freedoms. They remained indentured (termed slavery) and worked hard on land unable to sustain them. I raised my children and worked in the East Phoenix Valley. I watched tax dollars go to ESL classes instead of supporting MY children's needs. I worked at Cigna healthcare where we were forbidden to request payment from illegals who came in for Urgent Care, while my family had to pay for everything that we got. I paid my taxes and Social Security and watched it squandered by people with food stamps using it to buy expensive food items I could not afford. As a carrier for the US Postal Service, I delivered food stamps and SSI checks to people who were at home with hairdos, fingernails, clothes much better than mine in the middle of the day while most legal AMERICANS WERE WORKING! I've watched the economy of Arizona and the country bow down under the weight of maintaining enough illegal Mexicans to make up another country. How did we get in this economic crisis? Partly from bad banking decisions; partly from overspending by our government; but MOSTLY FROM MAINTAINING A SHADOW NON-CITIZENRY FROM MEXICO WITHOUT ANY RETURN FOR OUR ENTITLEMENT DOLLAR. Do the math: 20,000,000+ more mouths to feed, educate, house, medically sustain, without contributions to the money pot to counter these costs. Yes, it's that simple. And why don't those in government want them gone? Because they will vote for anyone who will maintain them, that's the simplist answer.
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Shelby 9388 of NC's picture
Great Idea!, now if we had enough honorable people in Washington that could be a reality. G. Bush was so weak on border issues and it carries over to this administration, but then, when has Washington ever been anything but lax on illegals?
Keith 6902 of OH's picture
The number one question we all need to ask of every candidate for every office is "What is your stance on illegal immigration?" That is the only thing that matters because if we take of care of that we solve many other problems.
Paul and Melisa 2329 of FL's picture
I don't understand why American citizens don't GET IT; both political parties WANT the massive immigration, legal and illegal, we have had the last 45+ years. The partisan comments I see here and at various other blogs are IMHO counter productive. I'm a life-long liberal Democrat, but I'm not a fool and neither are millions of other Democrats. The polls listed here show that to be true, so why are conservative Republicans making derogatory comments about "liberals." When it comes to massive immigration, particularly illegal aliens, millions of "liberals" are as strongly opposed to it as any conservative! The enemy is the economic elites who run this country who worship at the throne of MONEY; let's keep our sights on them, not each other.
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Helen 4859 of TX's picture
This lady J-No does not have a clue. All people have to do is watch Border War"s on monday night on National geographic and really look at the border how porus they are and she think's they are secure. She need's to resign her job because she is stupid along with Obama cutting border patrol agents. They need the military down there to stop all. The person they need in Homeland Security is the Sheriff in Arizona Joe Apeiro he would get the job done.
Albert 3441 of PA's picture
Paul is entirely correct. Population control is not a left/right, liberal/conservative, Democrat/Republican issue; it is an issue of national survival. Our strength lies in our ability to work together as one people to preserve our nation.
M 2510 of MA's picture
Agree 100%. This should be the pivotal issue for 2010. I would change the question to - "What is your stance on total immigration and its proven pernicious impact on jobs, population growth and quality of life?"
M 2510 of MA's picture
Paul I agree, there is nothing partisan about this issue. It should be like pure air and water - everyone should want it. The main reason you are seeing the attacks on 'liberals' is that the most vicious supporters of massive immigration like Guiterrez, Schumer & Pelosi are Dems and no one (NOT a single one) in the Dem leadership ranks has articulated a stand like you have. Whereas there are many softies in the Republican side like mcCain and others, most of the ardent opposition to amnesty has come from this side like Tancredo, Sessions, King and others. So there is a significant gap in what the elite leadership is saying between the two parties.
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Van 0864 of VA's picture
Shirley, E-Verify uses the data from the I-9 form and provides employers an easy, free, online method of checking workplace eligibility.
Jack 7364 of MI's picture
Since when is it part of the Director of Homeland Security's job to be an activist promoting illegal immigration? She needs to be replaced.
John 7141 of PA's picture
....... BINGO ....... Paul2329 wins the prize. The article author, Rosemary, spells it out: current policy is the same as the old. All the rejection of McCain & Kennedy means not a thing. The current 2-party system is a theatre, a distraction, a convenient device to "divide and rule" the population, while the real policies get carried out. When when when when will you all wake up. When? When it's too late; that's when. Same as it ever was.