IN PART II, I MUST STATE THAT ONLY A CURRENT RESIDENT OF ARIZONA COULD BE MORE CONCERNED REGARDING THIS ISSUE, THAN THIS FORMER ARIZONAN. THE INFO ON GOV JAN BREWER WAS A NASTY SURPRISE. THE INADEQUACIES OF SB 1070 ARE ALSO SHOCKING.
THE TRAGIC EVENTS THAT HAVE TAKEN PLACE, OCCURRED IN PLACES I WAS QUITE FAMILIAR WITH; I TAKE THIS VERY PERSONALLY. THE AREAS IN QUESTION, THE REPREHENSIBLE SIGNAGE WHICH IN EFFECT CEDES A LARGE PART OF MY FORMER “BACKYARD” TO THESE VERMIN, WERE A PART OF MY LIFE INTO MY ADULT YEARS. INSTEAD OF PROMPT FEDERAL ACTION, THE SPINELESS FEDS HAVE, THROUGH INACTION, UNDERMINED OUR SOVEREIGNTY, AND -I FEEL- THIS QUALIFIES AS TREASON. OUR PRESENT IMMIGRATION POLICY IS A SICK JOKE.
Raping Arizona… Part 2 – SB1070
Posted by Michael Becker on Apr 24, 2013
Yesterday we introduced you to what life is REALLY like on the southern border and it’s not what Janet Napolitano and John McCain would have you believe. Arizona is being invaded by a criminal class and the pro-amnesty crowd is ignoring it and lying about it.
Today, I’m going to talk about SB1070, the state’s immigration law that drove President Obama and the open borders folks to distraction. As a reminder, this is a series and upcoming installments will include…
Drug and immigration cartels.
The Numbers. How many illegals are here and how many are coming across.
What is the Border Patrol doing and how effective are they?
How to stop the flow.
Gang of Eight Immigration Legislation, good or bad?
SB1070 created lots of controversy in Arizona’s effort to fight illegal immigration. We got sued by all the usual suspects, lost in Federal Court, lost in the Ninth Circus and won in the Supreme Court. The most controversial parts of the law included what opponents called “show me your papers” and a requirement that business use eVerify to verify that new employees are eligible to be hired.
Our Governor, Jan Brewer, has gotten plaudits around the country from conservatives for SB1070. Let me be clear about this. Jan Brewer is a political hack, she had nothing to do with writing SB1070, did not support it or comment on it as it made its way through the legislature and nobody knew if she would sign it or veto it after it passed. She waited until the last day to sign, walked out on a stage and at least half the state – the conservative part – was shocked when she signed it.
It was a purely a survival move. She had taken office when Janet Napolitano went to Washington and was in a four way reelection fight, she was running third and falling. Her handlers played the game well. Brewer read her lines very well, even stood up to Obama (although I think that was to sell more books – she’d just self-published an ebook that went through the roof after her airport confrontation with the President) and walked to an easy win in the primary and general election. Again, Jan Brewer is a hack.
With respect to SB1070, I’ve been an opponent of it since day one. I thought it targeted the wrong people, would create unnecessary dust-ups, like the litigation process we were tied up in for years, and would end up being ineffective. I was right.
The point of SB1070 was never to enforce immigration law, it was to create a hostile environment so illegals would get out of Arizona and head for friendlier climes, like California. They are bankrupting our state, California doesn’t seem to mind bankrupting theirs so there was hope SB1070 would give illegals the incentive to leave the state. It did work for a little while, but eventually everything bogged down. It’s expensive to administrate and the Feds didn’t want to take the illegal we were arresting.
First of all, the “show me your papers” part of the law. In the world of stupid, that was king. The State of Arizona has had a law on the books for decades that required every citizen to have a state issued photo ID on their person at all times. It’s a misdemeanor and you are subject to arrest if you don’t have one when asked to identify yourself by a police officer. All this section did, according to dozens of police officers I spoke with, was effectively put a lawyer in car with them every time they asked someone for ID. It added nothing to their ability to do their job, took about zero additional illegals off the street and created a firestorm in the process.
The good part of the law was the eVerify requirement. Businesses hated it and campaigned against it. Even though it made the final cut, the law is toothless and doesn’t provide enough punishment for ignoring it.
eVerify is a great solution. It’s 98% accurate, it’s free assuming you have an internet connection and it takes less than a minute. It’s similar to the requirement for an I9 form that all businesses are required to collect on new hires, but it accesses the Social Security database and verifies that the employee is who he or she says they are.
SB1070 could have worked had the legislature found a spine. The solution is simple and basically ignores the illegals.
First, require eVerify for every employee. SB1070 gave a pass to existing employees and that is an open admission by the business lobby that they’ve got illegals on their payrolls.
Second, extend the eVerify requirement to rental housing. Require that landlords or their agents have an eVerify result on every tenant in a rental property.
Third, make enforcement worthwhile and make compliance a matter of life and death.
The state would audit businesses and rental properties on a routine basis. The business would be required to provide proof that they have eVerify forms for every employee or tenant. If an employee or tenant is found to be an illegal alien, the eVerify form is an affirmative defense.
If they do not have the form it’s an automatic fine of $1,000 per missing form. If the employee or tenant is found to be an illegal, the fine jumps to $20,000 and the business owner/landlord/property manager is charged with a felony. The fine is not dischargeable in bankruptcy and if the business is unable to pay the fine it attaches to the owners. The felony charge is not able to be reduced.
The fines are large enough that the state will aggressively pursue enforcement of the law and it won’t tie up police to enforce it. Accountants will work just fine and they’re cheaper than cops. In addition, the businesses that are most prone to hiring illegals are construction and hospitality. You can’t get a business or liquor license in Arizona with a felony conviction. Now you’ve got incentive for the businesses to follow the law.
Obviously this isn’t going to happen. In the current legislation before the Senate the eVerify system is being scrapped and replaced with an new and undefined system and businesses have 10 years to implement it. Get the idea?
We need to tell Congress that the Gang of Eight is wrong. This current bill is amnesty for millions of lawbreakers, has no enforcement provisions that will be implemented and asks us to trust the same government that’s refused to secure the border for the past twenty years.
You can contact your Representative and your Senators HERE!
Part 3 – Who Controls the Border?
Posted by Michael Becker on Apr 24, 2013
It’s not the Border Patrol or Homeland Security.
If your only source of information is network or cable TV or a newspaper you might thing the southern border is a safe and secure place. Just ask Janet Napolitano…
Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano has repeatedly claimed that the border is more secure than ever, but when DHS officials were pressed at a recent Homeland Security Committee hearing to demonstrate how this progress has been measured, they had no verifiable metrics to support their claims.
In fact, Napolitano has stopped using the widely accepted term of “operational control.” This was not because they had achieved it — it was precisely the opposite.
In fact, the southern border makes Chicago and Detroit look like an old folks home.
Part of the problem is that very few people actually know what the border looks like. We hear lots of talk about “the fence” and politicians like John McCain love to be seen standing in front of the fence to give you the idea that the border is fenced and secure. It’s not.
This is a fifteen foot post fence with a steel box on the top. This is a secure fence that John McCain would like to stand in front of.
That type of fence is on less than 10% of the border. What actually passes for fencing is actually a vehicle barrier.
The cute girl is five feet five and the greenery is Mexico. Welcome to what border security looks like. It’s difficult to see the footprints in the dirt on the other side of the barrier, but there are paths coming over the side of the ditch that have obviously been used thousands of times and the footprints are all headed north.
The land on the south side of the vehicle barrier, which was once a ranch owned by John Wayne, is all owned by the Mexican drug cartels for as far as you can see. This is a highway from Mexico into Arizona that illegal aliens and drugs flow over daily just like commuters into LA on Interstate 5.
You don’t hear anything about the increase in traffic that occurred once President Obama announced his plans for amnesty last year. He made the announcement on August 15 and south of Tucson, which is one of three “major” border crossing areas, Border Patrol was apprehending about 10 people per day. By October 31 that was up to 90 per day as shown on this chart from American Border Patrol.
OK Mike, the border isn’t secure, so what? Well, here’s the desert about 30 miles outside of Phoenix. These pictures were taken about a mile from both Interstate 8 and 10, the major highways in Arizona.
What you see here is trash from traffickers. The burlap and the backpacks are filled with drugs on the Mexican side of the border and loaded onto the backs of “undocumented workers” who make the trek north in search of a better life for their family. Or something. This is not an isolated site, there are literally hundreds of them along the dirt road that is within sight of Interstate 8.
I ADDED THIS MAP – “X”
I have been to Organ Pipe Cactus Nat’l Monument, Saguaro Nat’l Monument, Phoenix, Nogales, Tombstone, Sierra Vista, nearby Bisbee (not shown); Douglas, if memory serves me correctly, is where the rancher was murdered on his property. Nogales, AZ is 65 miles south of Tucson. Most of the area from Phoenix on down, is where the spineless Feds have posted the referred to warning signs. Tucson and Phoenix have doubled in size since I left AZ; they used to be about 110 miles apart.
Here’s what happens when the “undocumented workers” get to the drop site.
Remember, Janet Napolitano thinks the border is secure. And John McCain and his Gang of Eight buddies are insisting that there won’t be any “amnesty” until Homeland Security (an oxymoron if there ever was one) certifies that the border is “secure.” My guess is that will take about a month.
Just in case you still want to think that the federal government is actually doing anything to secure the border, given the billions of dollars they’ve spent in the last few years, here is a “fence” at Naco, Arizona, sorry for the glare…
This fence is about eight feet high and is nothing but corrugated metal bolted to steel fence posts. There are any number of places where the metal has been cut with a saw or where someone has dug under it. The typical repair is a patch over the cut and large rocks in the tunnels under the fence.
Not 50 feet away from that mess sits steel posts for a 15 foot fence that would actually secure the areas. These fences are buried in six feet of concrete and have barriers on the top. These posts have been laying there for as long as anybody can remember and there is no plan to actually do anything but store them.
And while we’re talking about your tax money at work, the folks from Arizona Project who put this tour together took us by three Border Patrol offices and one highway checkpoint. There are literally hundreds of Border Patrol vehicles – all GM SUVs – parked at each location. There are more vehicles than officers to drive them. Remember that the next time you hear GM is selling lots of cars.
We need to secure our border, it’s a basic function of the federal government. The immigration bill that the Gang of Eight put together in secret and is trying to ram through the US Senate will not do the job. It will leave the border open and grant amnesty to millions of illegal aliens.
Let your Congressman and your Senators know you want the border secured before we even talk about immigration policy.
To contact your Representatives, simply
Part 4 – Build the Dang Fence.
Posted by Michael Becker on Apr 25, 2013
We’ve all heard about how “border security” is included in the latest amnesty bill that McCain and the Gang of Eight are pushing. Let’s be clear about security, a fence is critical to stopping the flow of illegal aliens and drugs. Yesterday, we looked at pictures of what passes for “fence” on the border between Mexico and Arizona. A real fence looks like this, it’s 15 feet high buried in six feet of concrete, is made of steel posts and has a cap on the top to deter climbers.
Actually, this type of fence occupies just a few paltry miles of the border and it works quite well in those few paltry miles. What actually passes for “fence” when the politicians talk about it looks more like this, minus the cute girl who is about five foot five.
As you might guess, this one might keep an SUV out of the country but it doesn’t even begin to slow down somebody on foot even if they’re carrying a backpack with eighty pounds of drugs.
Add to that outrage the fact that huge sections of the border don’t even have that. There’s at least one Indian tribe that has land on the border and because they’re a “sovereign nation” they don’t allow the US government to erect a barrier. Then there are some areas that are controlled by the US Department of the Interior and for environmental reasons no barriers are allowed. As a matter of fact the US Border Patrol is not even allowed to patrol those areas without permission from Interior 30 days in advance.
But never fear, Janet Napolitano, who will be the person the proposed legislation allows to declare the border is secure, has assured us border security has never been better…
“Now, I often hear the argument that before reform can move forward, we must first secure our borders. But too often, the border-security-first refrain simply serves as an excuse for failing to address the underlying problems,” Napolitano told the Senate Judiciary Committee today at a hearing on immigration.
“It also ignores the significant progress and efforts that we have undertaken over the past four years. Our borders have, in fact, never been stronger.”…
She said the results of 1986 amnesty wouldn’t happen again because “immigration enforcement now is light years away from what it was.”
“I think in 1986 there were a couple of miles of fence along the entire southern border and it was basically chain-link fence,”
I don’t think I need to comment much on the rank stupidity of those claims, the pictures above pretty well deconstruct them.
The Gang of Eight is also assuring us that they’ve built a clause into the legislation that requires that 90% of border crossers are apprehended before amnesty is doled out. Well, they got gamed because there is actually no link between amnesty and border security, the legislation treats them as mutually exclusive. And as to assurances that “…enforcement is light years away from what it was…” we’ve got some new data.
The U.S. Border Patrol has caught a fraction of the border crossers spotted by a sophisticated sensor mounted on unmanned spy aircraft and flown over remote stretches of desert, casting doubts on claims that the area is more secure than ever, according to documents obtained by the Center for Investigative Reporting.
The border crossers were spotted with a new, all-seeing radar system developed for use in the Afghanistan War and patrolling above the U.S.-Mexico border in parts of Arizona since March 2012. The system can reveal every man, woman and child under its gaze from a height of about 25,000 feet.
Between October and December, records show, the remotely operated aircraft detected 7,333 border crossers during its Arizona missions. Border Patrol agents, however, reported 410 apprehensions during that time, according to an internal agency report. The sensor was credited with providing surveillance that led to 52 arrests and 15,135 pounds of seized marijuana.
I have an engineering degree from a top university. I learned how to do math but this problem really only requires 2nd grade arithmetic. Or in today’s schools, maybe high school arithmetic.
If I divide 410 by 7,333 (that would be number caught by number of crossers) I get 5.59%. I’m guessing that in whatever arithmetic is in use today that 5.59% is still a whole lot less than 90%. So, we’re a tad short of our goal. But we’re going ahead with amnesty anyway.
I’ve got $100 I’m willing to wager on whether the government even attempts to do better than six percent.
Bottom line, we don’t have a fence on the vast majority of the border and there is no plan to build one.
Napolitano, a former Arizona governor, noted a U.S. Border Patrol study determined a fence makes sense on 653 miles of the 2,000-mile southern border and so far some sort of fencing is up on 652 of those miles.