Wednesday, August 21, 2013
Spending more and being meaner than the GOP
Is not enough to convince Republican/Teabaggers that President Obama is really doing something about border security. But let's get real. PBO could recreate the Berlin Wall along the entire border and those regressive reactionaries wouldn't be happy.
By most, if not all, measures, President Barack Obama has surpassed his predecessors in ramping up security along the nearly 2,000-mile southern border of the United States.Perhaps the only way to prove border security would be to deport every motherfucking Republican/Teabagger and see how many can get back in the country.
There’s more money being spent, an increase in border agents and more fencing. The number of people being deported is up and the number of people apprehended trying to enter the United States is down. The flow of illegal immigrants from Mexico has slowed.
Yet if Obama thought that tough action on the border would help persuade reluctant Republicans to support a rewrite of the nation’s immigration laws, he was wrong.
Some dispute Obama’s measurements, saying the government does not know the number of people that sneak across the border undetected. And while even most of Obama’s fiercest critics acknowledge that more is being done than ever before, they say it’s still not enough.
“There’s a tendency to look at what you’re doing by money you’re spending,” said Roy Beck, executive director of NumbersUSA, a group pushing to cut legal and illegal immigration. “Money can be important, but it needs to be effective.”
Border agents intercepted only 61 percent of those who tried to cross illegally into the country from Mexico, according to a Government Accountability Office report for an 18-month period ending in December 2012. An estimated 123,000 turned back to Mexico. Another 86,000 successfully entered the United States.
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