Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Napolitano - Obama in Agreement over Border.

In a cnsnews.com article from April 29, 2010, it was reported that Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing that, the United States’ southwest border is “as secure now as it has ever been.”

Again, on June 28, 2010 she was reported as having said the same thing before an audience in Washington, D.C.. However, in the later article, she was quoted as saying,

“It’s 1,960 miles across that Southwest border. It’s some of the roughest, toughest geographical terrain in the world across that border. And so, the notion that you’re going to seal that border somehow is something that anybody who’s been involved in the actual doing of law enforcement--the front office work or the front line work of the law enforcement--would say, ‘You’re never going to totally seal that border.’”

The Homeland Security Secretary isn't the only one sending out mixed messages concerning the security of our border with Mexico. In his July 1, 2010 speech on comprehensive immigration reform, President Obama said,

"So the bottom line is this: The southern border is more secure today than at any time in the past 20 years. That doesn’t mean we don’t have more work to do. We have to do that work, but it’s important that we acknowledge the facts. Even as we are committed to doing what’s necessary to secure our borders, even without passage of the new law, there are those who argue that we should not move forward with any other elements of reform until we have fully sealed our borders. But our borders are just too vast for us to be able to solve the problem only with fences and border patrols. It won’t work. Our borders will not be secure as long as our limited resources are devoted to not only stopping gangs and potential terrorists, but also the hundreds of thousands who attempt to cross each year simply to find work."

And this, from the same speech,

"To begin with, our borders have been porous for decades. Obviously, the problem is greatest along our Southern border, but it’s not restricted to that part of the country. In fact, because we don’t do a very good job of tracking who comes in and out of the country as visitors, large numbers avoid immigration laws simply by overstaying their visas."

So, the bottom line is, as far as this administration is concerned ....... our border with Mexico will never be secure, but, hey, it's been this way for 20 or 30 years so what's the big deal?

To get an idea just how "porous" the United States border with Mexico is, take a look at the videos found on the secureborderintel.org website. There, you'll find several videos taken from cameras hidden along the border. Sadly, these videos aren't nearly as funny as the ones from the old Candid Camera T.V. series.


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