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Rise in Illegal Immigration Overwhelms Local Police

Rise in Illegal Immigration Overwhelms Local Police

JULY 01, 2013

While the Obama administration insists that illegal border crossings are at the lowest level in decades, local law enforcement agencies in municipalities near the Mexican border remain overwhelmed with the impact that illegal immigration continues to have on their force.

Not that we necessarily believe the administration’s seemingly distorted claims that the border is “as secure as it has ever been.” In fact, a new federal audit reveals that we really have no way of knowing this because the government’s statistics are incomplete. Why? Because the method used to measure border security efforts doesn’t compare the number of illegal aliens estimated to have entered the U.S. to those apprehended.  

More on that later; let’s look at an example of a local police agency that’s been heavily burdened by the impact of an illegal immigration surge in its community. It’s located in Hidalgo County in the Rio Grande Valley of south Texas. The area has long been a war zone that’s seen violent gunfire battles between Mexican drug cartels and human smugglers making their way north.

In fact, years ago, during the George W. Bush administration, violence in that part of the country was already so out of control that the county sheriff banned his deputies from patrolling certain areas because drug and human trafficking gangs regularly opened fire. Local cops were outgunned and outmanned then and the problem has only gotten worse, according to Hidalgo County Sheriff Lupe Trevino.

Illegal immigration in the busy Rio Grande Valley corridor is having a big impact on his department’s daily operations, he told a local news agency recently. Deputies are being pulled away from their duties to deal with issues that are supposed to be handled by the feds, stash houses where human traffickers keep illegal aliens upon completing their journey into the U.S.  “This is becoming a problem,” Trevino said. “We’re snatching up 50, 60 up to 100 a day in stash houses.”

Calls for suspicious activity often turn into human smuggling crimes, the sheriff said, with up to 50 illegal immigrants getting arrested at once. While his force is overwhelmed with this sort of crime, it isn’t available to patrol for other crimes like robberies and domestic violence incidents. In short, immigration is taking up a big chunk of the department’s resources and assets and there appears to be no end to the madness.

This is related to the federal audit released last week. The administration claims that a struggling U.S. economy and increased border security have led to a huge decrease in border crossings. That certainly seems credible in a press release but the new probe, which comes via the Government Accountability Office (GAO), the investigative arm of the U.S. Congress, essentially concludes that the stats are skewed.  

In congressional testimony related to the findings, the GAO official in charge of Homeland Security and Justice confirmed that the government uses an incomplete method to measure border security efforts. The official, Rebecca Gambler, used incredibly diplomatic language telling federal lawmakers that “challenges remain in securing the border.” This is vastly different than what Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano has been telling Americans for years.   .

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  • sdr

    If the rest the cops ‘bro’s’ would back them instead of stabbing them in the back; maybe ya’ll could get some relief down there.

  • Joe1948

    I see a terrible crisis in our near future with the poorly educated illegal immigrants who are flooding across our borders.

    As computer controlled equipment of all types continues to be developed, the growing of crops is being taken over by machines. The same will happen in the fast food and other industries, even down to the level of lawn care. What happens to all the ‘legalized’ illegal immigrants when the jobs they are capable of doing are taken over by machines? When vast numbers of workers, both legalized and citizen, can no longer find jobs – what will society do with them? Can we as a Nation support more tens of millions of workers who have been permanently displaced by technology, considering that we already support tens of millions of citizens who cannot or will not find employment ?

    Another thing to consider – as computer controlled machines of all types continue to advance, workers of higher and higher intelligence and education will be displaced.

    It is hard to write this, but perhaps it is time to start checking the intelligence and education of those coming across our borders, and doing much more to hold out those who fail to meet a minimum standard.

  • tncdel

    This isn’t about immigration. A foreigner who sneaks into the U.S. to pillage and plunder it economically and otherwise is an INVADER, not an immigrant.

    This is about DOMESTIC NATIONAL DEFENSE against a foreign invasion. So it should be deemed a military matter, not something that local police should deal with.

    Anyone with an IQ above that of a turnip should be able to realize that amnesty would only serve to attract millions more job-stealing illegals here.

    The ONLY way to stop the illegal alien invasion: MAKE THINGS AS TOUGH AS POSSIBLE on the illegals, so they will self-deport back to Mexico, etc. at their own expense because they get to hate it here so much. We certainly can’t afford to deport over 20 million illegals. Plus most would only come right back if we tried.

  • kylefclark

    Anyone who would even consider believing Janet Naphead or her minions, need more than their heads examined. Those incompetents along with their boss (BO), are the CANCER that is making this nation an armpit of the world!

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