Thursday night’s NBC Nightly News featured a strong story by Mark Potter that came straight from the just-the-facts-ma’am school of reporting. In less than three minutes Potter presented the familiar border-security assurances of the Border Patrol and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, then showed graphic footage from Arizona and Texas — some of it recorded by hidden cameras — that contradicted those assurances. San Juan, Texas, Police Chief Juan Gonzalez told Potter the influx of illegal immigrants into his community on the Rio Grande is happening “every single day.” You can see Potter’s story here And you can see the 2010 CIS video from the same Arizona border region here.
The Supreme Court has held that deportation is not punishment, but rather an administrative procedure whereby an illegal alien is returned to his homeland. The alien has not been deprived of life, liberty, or property, so many constitutional protections do not apply.
Most important to the discussion is the fact that most detainees facing deportation are dealing with administrative charges in a civil process, rather than criminal. Consequently they do not have a constitutional right to an attorney; such protections only apply to criminal law.
Over the weekend, Michael Barone posited that, contra claims by Steve Sailer and Mickey Kaus, he doesn’t think massive Mexican immigration will resume once the economy rebounds and if we pass an amnesty. James Pethokoukis from AEI made the same point, without really any elucidation, during the podcast we did (with Kaus and Trevino) at Ricochet a while back.
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On March 5 this blog reported that a commission of prominent Americans and Mexicans has suggested that Mexico should establish its own border patrol after the United States adopts “comprehensive immigration reform”. Once the reform is in place, they said, “Mexico should actively prevent unauthorized northward migration by ensuring that people who leave the country to enter the United States do so at designated crossing points and with the required documents.”
In 2001, when Jorge Castaneda was the foreign minister in the administration of Mexican President Vicente Fox, he developed a plan that he hoped would encourage the United States to provide legal status for his countrymen living illegally in the United States.
As we noted last week, former Mexican deputy foreign minister Andres Rozental says the problem of illegal immigration would be solved “if immigration reform functions and we get to the point where it becomes easy to legally cross the border to get a job.”
Rozental, whose comment came at a Wilson Center discussion of the report of a binational commission on which he serves, supports “comprehensive immigration reform”. CIR would — among other things — provide legal status for illegal immigrants and a guest worker program for future migrant flows.
People in the immigration field are well aware that visa abusers present an enormous challenge.
The release of “Binational Dialogue on Mexican Migrants” at a briefing on Capitol Hill today reminds me of the problems created by “study abusers” who will surely twist this report to advance the interests of the _mas_ migration forces.