Yesterday, Speaker John Boehner canceled a vote in the House of Representatives on a bill aimed at providing supplemental funding to replenish funds for agencies dealing with the surge of tens of thousands of aliens across the border into Texas; and to amend various substantive provisions of law affecting how those aliens, particularly minors, will be handled.
Immigration policy isn’t rocket science. It’s far more complex.
Rocket science, after all, is about precision in the application of mathematic and scientific principles. Immigration policy is about the behavior of millions of human beings and the politics of entire nations. It is shaped by considerations of politics, economics, culture, history, and ethics.
Consider, for example, the relationship between immigration and Central American gangs.
Several of us from the Center spent a recent morning watching our immigration judges at work: we do not envy them.
We traipsed a couple of miles across the Potomac to the new set of IJ courtrooms in Arlington, Va., to see how the five judges there were coping with a new part of their case load — Central Americans who had just crossed another river, the Rio Grande, some 1,500 miles away.
Americans are accustomed to taking the territorial integrity of their county for granted. They do not sit directly astride a former empire that wants to regain its former glory and territory. The United States is not surrounded by countries that wish to destroy us. Nor are our territorial boundaries subject to international dispute, debate, or forceful efforts to change them.
The influx of tens of thousands of Central Americans across the southern border has seized the attention of the American people. Gallup recently found immigration to be the top policy concern of those polled. An Economist/YouGov poll reported that 77 percent of the public supported returning the illegal aliens to their home countries.
Cities and towns where the illegal crossers are being resettled are struggling to handle the influx. Judith Flanagan Kennedy, the mayor of Lynn, Mass., recently expressed her frustration: “It’s gotten to the point where the school system is overwhelmed, our Health Department is overwhelmed, the city’s budget is being sustainably [sic] altered in order to accommodate all of these admissions in the School Department.”
You may have been worried that last year’s DHS anti-terrorism grant to St Paul’s island in Alaska, which is about 280 miles from that state’s mainland and 500 miles from Russia, was inadequate for the defense of that God-forsaken place (population 491).
I suspect your average, run-of-the-mill terrorist would have trouble finding it on a map, but that’s beside the point.
The United States shall guarantee to every State in this Union a Republican Form of Government, and shall protect each of them against Invasion.
— United States Constitution, Article 4, Section 4
In the push to respond to the substantial pressures of public expectations and, in some cases, their own enormous ambitions, some presidents have lost sight of three of their core responsibilities: the integrity of the country’s established boundaries, the integrity of the cultural premises on which the country was founded and developed, and the responsibility of governing integrity that comes with the grant of public and political power.
It is rarely if ever discussed, but the current surge out of Central America, and into Southern Texas, is a wonderful development for some very powerful people — Central America’s oligarchs.
Think of the alternatives: the understandably unhappy majority of these countries, instead of spending time, money, and emotional energy on the risky emigration of their relatives, might otherwise be using those resources for:
In the mid-1990s, when the collapse of the Mexican economy produced a wave of illegal immigration to Arizona, I did volunteer work at a Phoenix school that was struggling to meet the needs of a few hundred Mexican children who spoke only Spanish. Even as I sought to help ease the transition for both sides, I thought it would be better for everyone if the influx subsided.
That explains my contradictory reactions of appreciation for and disagreement with George Will’ s open-arms pronouncement on “Fox New Sunday” regarding Central Americans streaming across the Mexican border into Texas. It is burning up the blogosphere, drawing delight from the left and dismay from the right.
Here’s an urgent suggestion to the Border Patrol: Send some of your specialists and maybe the Sector Chief at Nogales to Israel immediately to check out the tunnels from Gaza that are, at this writing, controlled by the Israeli military.
Whatever one may think of the latest conflict in the Middle East, it is clear that the Israeli military has in its possession a world-class collection of the latest in terrorist tunneling technology, and the Border Patrol should look at it in detail.