U.S. border security: Feeding the hand that bites
Here's one that should get your blood pumping. If you are drinking a beverage, please stop doing so now. If you take heart medication, go ahead and pop an extra dose.
To cut through the baloney and find out what really is happening in the area of U.S. border security, all you have to do is read what Jerry Seper says is happening:
The U.S. government has sent more than $376 million to Mexico in the past decade for that country's military and police to help stop alien and drug smugglers, guard against terrorists and protect America's southern border, including $50 million due this year.
The money, quietly authorized through State and Defense department programs, has been used to train and equip the Mexican military and police, drawing disagreement on whether those institutions are part of the solution for U.S. border security, or are part of the problem...
Mr. Renzi said that although it is "likely" some of the money forwarded to the Mexican government has been "misspent," oversight of those units receiving U.S. cash has been improved.
"To ensure that the money is being properly used, there have been more vettings and more polygraph tests, and Mexico has been cooperating in the vetting process," he said.
See, Mexico is cooperating! Doesn't that just warm the cockles of yur heart?
And if that is not enough to make you want to grab our federal government by the neck, Homer Simpson-style, and just throttle it for 10 or 15 minutes, go ahead and read Jerry's report from this morning, below the fold:
The sheriffs described a border in chaos and a federal government that hasn't put the resources into its own efforts, nor been as receptive as possible to local law-enforcement efforts to help out.
They said the trend toward violent confrontations has happened in the past decade as the trade in drugs and people has become a big business for smugglers and with the increase in OTMs, or "other than Mexican" aliens, attempting to cross.
"It sounds like, if nothing else, there's at least an attitude of entitlement," said Sen. John Cornyn, Texas Republican.
If you want to do something about this particular entitlement, visit the Center for Individual Freedom and the Federation for American Immigration Reform. This is from FAIR:
1) Please call the following committee members before Thursday's committee markup and ask them to oppose the McCain/Kennedy substitute, as well as the Specter guest worker amnesty proposal. (These members are believed to be highly susceptible to supporting broad amnesty.)
Sen. Mike DeWine (R-OH) - 202-224-2315
Sen. Lindsey O. Graham (R-SC) - 202-224-5972
Sen. Sam Brownback (R-KS) - 202-224-6521
2) If you'd like to take additional action, please call the remaining committee members and ask them to oppose all guest worker amnesty efforts, including the Specter proposal unveiled last Friday and the anticipated McCain/Kennedy substitute amendment.
Sen. Arlen Specter (R-PA) - 202-224-4254
Sen. Orrin G. Hatch (R-UT) - 202-224-5251
Sen. Charles E. Grassley (R-IA) - 202-224-3744
Sen. Jon L. Kyl (R-AZ) - 202-224-4521
Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) - 202-224-4124
Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) - 202-224-2934
Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) - 202-224-3841
Sen. Thomas A. Coburn (R-OK) - 202-224-5754
Sen. Edward M. Kennedy (D-MA) - 202-224-4543
Sen. Patrick J. Leahy (D-VT) - 202-224-4242
Sen. Joseph R. Biden (D-DE) - 202-224-5042
Sen. Herbert H. Kohl (D-WI) - 202-224-5653
Sen. Russ Feingold (D-WI) - 202-224-5323
Sen. Charles E. Schumer (D-NY) - 202-224-6542
Sen. Richard J. Durbin (D-IL) - 202-224-2152
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