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HOMELAND SECURITY SEC. JANET NAPOLITANO: "We have thousands of men and women who work to secure the border, and work every day to do that. It can be very dangerous work.” (KVOA)
That’s Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano talking immigration just days after the high-profile killing of a U.S. border agent. The murder of border patrol agent Brian Terry near the U.S.-Mexican border is renewing national attention on the immigration debate.
Border patrol agents say a group of bandits shot Terry just miles north of the Mexican border earlier this week. KMSB reports, one suspect is no stranger to immigration officials.
“One of the four men in custody, Manuel Osario Arellanes a Mexican national who has been deported from the U.S. at least once. This is a mugshot from 2006, when he was convicted of aggravated assault in Maricopa County.”
TONY ESTRADA, SHERIFF: “These people are taking advantage of anything that moves through this area to make a profit, and they're dangerous.”
The Tucson Citizen reports, not all of the suspects are necessarily Mexican nationals. Some are likely U.S. citizens, who know their victims are unlikely to seek help.
“Then we have the bandits … preying on illegal immigrants and drug smugglers. Illegal immigrants are exposed to serious risk of rape and robbery while crossing into the US by the bandits. Prosecuting the bandits has been almost impossible because the victims face deportation if they come forward, and by the time they reach a point where they can seek help, the bandits are long gone.”
MSNBC’s Pete Williams reports, some say this is evidence of a need for more border security.
“This does not seem to be directly related to the illegal drug trade. The union president of the border patrol says this shows the border remains out of control when bandits can prey on people ten miles inland.”
Evangelist and CBN host Pat Robertson takes the point, one step further.
“We can’t allow this, we can’t allow this lawlessness on our border, and its time the Obama administration take their head out of the sand and send troops down there. We need to secure the border, and we can’t let thugs and criminals spill over from that warfare that’s coming in from Mexico and come into our country.”
A former senior leader in US Customs and Border Protection tells Fox News’ Megyn Kelly, the situation is improving on the U.S. side.
Thad Bingel: “We also shouldn’t ignore that there have been some successes in downturn in overall illegal activity.”
Megyn: “Not just that. they point out deadly attacks against agents even in this area are rare.”
Finally, the Arizona Republic reports, rare or not, Terry’s death is sure to foment the anti-immigration fear that has run rampant. Comments are flooding the paper’s editorial board.
“...they illustrate the near-hysterical anger that some people have over border security and immigration, most of it whipped up by politicians who used fear-mongering and exaggeration as a strategy to get elected in November. And while raising anxiety levels worked as a campaign strategy, it has made it impossible to have anything close to a civil conversation about the border.”
Brian Terry is the third border patrol agent to be killed in the line of duty this year. Authorities have arrested four suspects. A fifth is still on the loose.
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It’s a virtual surveillance project that has been a virtual waste of money. CNN says the plan called Secure Border Initiate Network – or SBInet – was designed to keep an eye on the U.S. Mexican border, with use of motion sensors, surveillance cameras and the works.
Anderson Cooper says, it provided sub-par surveillance for the generous price of about -- $1 billion.
“But more than four years and $1 billion of your money later, here is what we have to show for your money. A hand full of cameras, in two small sections along Arizona’s southern border, totaling – wait for it – 53 miles. That’s right, 53 miles of virtual fence even that has problems. The sensors have been known to be thrown off by things like tumbleweeds – rain.”
ABC reports the program was implemented by George W. Bush and continued by the Obama administration. If the project were rolled-out fully, the price-tag would have been more than $6 billion.
Fox News says the removal of SBInet has the Republicans torn.
“Republicans like Arizona Sen. John McCain shared the administration's concern about mismanagement while others fretted that the government would not present a viable alternative.”
Wired reports Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano wants to maintain certain aspects of SDInet -- coupled with other ‘proven’ technology to fill the void.
“That means video surveillance from the guard towers and thermal-imaging sensors — reminiscent of SBInet. And it definitely means unmanned spy-plane flights.”
So what do think? How will this move affect U.S. border security?
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Osama bin Laden’s death has earned some political capital for President Obama- and now, it looks like he’s going to spend a little bit of it on immigration reform.
“President Obama heads to El Paso Texas to speak out on what the White House calls the nation’s ‘broken immigration system.’
The announcement of Obama’s speech comes as Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano called for an end to the state-by-state battles. She says immigration reform won’t be successful until the feds step in. According to Newsroom America...
“In a speech at the Atlanta Press Club, Napolitano dodged a question about legislation in Georgia that matches Arizona's recent immigration reform law, instead saying Washington should write such laws.”
President Obama has acknowledged he’ll need bipartisan support for any new immigration laws, especially after Democrats lost the House in last November’s elections. But according to a blogger for TIME, cooperation doesn’t look likely.
“Leading Republican lawmakers strongly object to the President's proposal to put people who are in the U.S. illegally on a citizenship track. Conservatives decry that as rewarding lawbreakers – and since the raid on Bin Laden's Pakistan compound this week has given Obama new warrior clout, the GOP may well decide immigration is a useful issue for chopping his security cachet down again before the 2012 election.”
A writer for The Daily Caller says the timing of President Obama’s renewed interest in immigration reform isn’t a coincidence.
“Hispanics are a key element in his reelection campaign, partly because his support among working-class whites and swing-voters have crashed after two years of lousy economic conditions. But Hispanics’ turnout is low, and their lopsided support for him has tumbled from 68 percent to 54 percent over the last few years.”
A writer for the Huffington Post adds- Obama hasn’t always had the Hispanic community’s support.
“Obama has had a rocky relationship with Latinos since taking office. The biggest blow was his failure to deliver on a campaign promise to pass comprehensive immigration reform during his first year in office. Latinos were also angry when Obama didn’t mention immigration reform once in his 2010 State of the Union address.”
The President’s speech on immigration reform will be in El Paso on Tuesday.
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