Secure the Damn Border

President Obama visited El Paso, Texas on Tuesday to make his case for “comprehensive” immigration reform, a.k.a. a plan to give amnesty to millions of potential Democratic voters and do nothing to secure the border.

Here’s Politico’s report on the visit:

EL PASO, Texas — President Barack Obama Tuesday challenged lawmakers to enact immigration reform, declaring that immigrants benefit the U.S. economy and that the border is more secure than ever.

“The question is whether those in Congress who previously walked away in the name of enforcement are now ready to come back to the table and finish the work that we’ve started,” Obama told about 900 people at an outdoor speech under a dry, baking sun. “We’ve got to put the politics aside.”

Obama’s Texas trip had its own political overtones: Beyond trying to reframe the immigration debate, the president’s visit aimed to shore up Hispanic support on the border ahead of two Democratic Party fundraisers in Austin.

“We’re here at the border today because we also recognize that being a nation of laws goes hand-in-hand with being a nation of immigrants,” Obama said at Chamizal National Memorial park, a dusty outpost on the bluffs of the Rio Grande named for a century-long border dispute. Obama made his now-familiar moral argument for immigration reform and reiterated his proposals: provide a path to citizenship, secure the borders, improve the existing immigration system and crack down on employers who exploit illegal workers.

The administration is trying to make the case that Obama’s leadership has improved border security and resulted in fewer attempts at illegal entry, meeting the demands of some Republican opponents of immigration reform.

“We have gone above and beyond what was requested by the very Republicans who said they supported broader reform as long as we got serious about enforcement,” Obama said. “Maybe (next) they’ll say we need a moat. Or alligators in the moat.”

Obama also is hitting hard the argument that immigrants, with their hard work and entrepreneurship, are a boon to the U.S. economy. Intel, Google, Yahoo and eBay all were founded by immigrants, Obama noted.

First of all, Mr. President, no one is seriously calling for a moat on the border.  Stop it with the pathetic straw man arguments.  Your administration has not secured the border.  Why are illegal crossings down? Umm, maybe because the economy sucks and illegals wouldn’t be able to find work.  It has nothing to do with you, Mr. Obama.  I know you like to make everything about you, since you are a malignant narcissist, but this has nothing to do with you, Mr. President.

Yes, immigrants benefit the economy, but only when they come here legally.  Otherwise, they are a burden on many public services like health care and education.  No one is suggesting that immigrants are inherently bad, but we have an immigration system for a reason.  Controlled and regulated immigration benefits America, but uncontrolled invasion from Mexico does not.

Also, last time I checked, the founders of Intel, Google, Yahoo and eBay were all legal immigrants.  Again, no one is attacking immigrants here.  We just want a secure border.

Writing for the American Thinker in late April, Leo Banks took President Obama and his cronies to task over their border rhetoric:

Loose heads only confuse matters when you’re making a pre-2012 play for comprehensive immigration reform, based on the crackerjack job the Administration has done securing the border.

It’s a political fairy tale, with Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano as the chief wand-waver.  She’s been on a multi-week speaking tour, including a session with Fox’s Bill O’Reilly last Wednesday, boasting of the unprecedented resources she has shipped to the Southwest.

The border is as secure as it’s ever been, she proclaims, so couldn’t we just move it along and stop talking about the armed bandits roving Arizona’s backcountry, the recurring shootouts between rival cartels, the smugglers sniping at Border Patrol, and of course, the skulls that keep popping up?

Here’s the nutshell truth about the situation here: The border towns are relatively safe, thanks to more agents, more money, and better fencing.  In Nogales proper, population 20,000, with more than 60 city cops and approximately 800 federal agents now working there, the crime rate has actually dropped.  Nogales also has 18-foot-tall fences running out east and west of town.

The feds base their security boasts on success in the border towns.  But these efforts haven’t stopped the illicit traffic, only moved it out into our remotest lands.

Out of sight, out of mind is part of the government’s plan.  With the bad guys high up in the mountains and in the canyons, Napolitano and Bersin get the political cover to claim the war is just about won.

Tell that to the folks living in and around the Coronado National Forest west of Nogales.  It has become a modern-day frontier, as drug mules, illegal aliens, and bandits cross the Peck Canyon Smuggling Corridor.

Later in his piece. Mr. Banks talks about the numerous people who’ve been killed along the border.  He makes it clear that Obama’s border fantasy is anything but reality.  The border is not secure, and this is bad for a number of reasons.

For instance, did you hear that Islamic terrorist group Hezbollah has set up shop just across the border in Mexico? Probably not, because the mainstream media is too lazy and biased to report the truth.  Luckily one San Diego TV station is honest enough to report on this disturbing development:

A terrorist organization whose home base is in the Middle East has established another home base across the border in Mexico. “They are recognized by many experts as the ‘A’ team of Muslim terrorist organizations,” a former U.S. intelligence agent told 10News.

The former agent, referring to Shi’a Muslim terrorist group Hezbollah, added, “They certainly have had successes in big-ticket bombings.”

Some of the group’s bombings include the U.S. embassy in Beirut and Israeli embassy in Argentina. However, the group is now active much closer to San Diego.

“We are looking at 15 or 20 years that Hezbollah has been setting up shop in Mexico,” the agent told 10News.

Since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, U.S. policy has focused on al-Qaida and its offshoots. “They are more shooters than thinkers … it’s a lot of muscles, courage, desire but not a lot of training,” the agent said, referring to al-Qaida.

Hezbollah, he said, is far more advanced. “Their operators are far more skilled … they are the equals of Russians, Chinese or Cubans,” he said. “I consider Hezbollah much more dangerous in that sense because of strategic thinking; they think more long-term.”

Hezbolah has operated in South America for decades and then Central America, along with their sometime rival, sometime ally Hamas. Now, the group is blending into Shi’a Muslim communities in Mexico, including Tijuana. Other pockets along the U.S.-Mexico border region remain largely unidentified as U.S. intelligence agencies are focused on the drug trade.

Securing the border is not about attacking immigrants; It is about defending this Nation.

President Obama, secure the damn border.  If you had the guts to kill Bin Laden, you should also have the guts to stand up to the ingrates in your party who are exploiting the immigration and border security issue for political purposes.

Sadly, the President is following the lead of his party.  He’s not a leader, just a politician more interested in securing his political future than in securing the border.

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