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Illegal Immigrants

Illegal Immigrants
By Arend Van Dam, 13-May-2011

Originally posted 2011-05-15 02:00:11.


Arizona Senator John McCain has described SBInet as a “complete failure”.

And I would not only agree it’s a complete failure, but a poorly conceived project from the beginning (Senator McCain supported the project and funding in 2005).

SBInet for those who don’t know is a high tech border security system pushed for by the George W Bush (another waste of money he got through because it wasn’t patriotic to question him and his war on terrorism) in 2005 that was supposed to be fully operation by 2011.

The initial project was along the Arizona / Mexico border (you know, that state Senator John McCain represents)…

Yesterday US Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano halted the project and pulled $50 million from it and is allocating it to use tested technology to achieve the same goal.

Oh, don’t worry; I’m sure some defense contractor or at least a contractor well represented by lobbyist will get their hands on that money; and since Boeing (the original contractor for SBInet) had huge costs overruns they’ll probably be fine as well.

My view; yes we need to do something to curb the illegal shipments of drugs into this country (and help the Mexican authorities curb the drug related violence in Mexico); but maybe we should learn from prohibition and find a real solution to the problem.

Originally posted 2010-03-18 02:00:29.

The solution to illegal immigration

Wow, it looks like the GOP really knew what they were doing by driving the economy into the toilet.

I guess the GOP realized that they weren’t really getting any traction on protecting American jobs from illegal immigrants through circumventing the law and harassment, so they just decided to make the economy in the United States worse than most every where else in the world…

…and it’s working!

Reports from the Pew Hispanic Center indicate that the number of illegal immigrants entering this country per year has been steadily dropping since 2007.

Maybe this is why the Republican’s have seemingly resisted all the efforts to get the economy back on track.

Region 2009 2008 Change
South Atlantic 1,950 2,550 -600
Florida 675 1,050 -375
Others combined 1,050 1,200 -160
Mountain 1,000 1,200 -160
Nevada 180 230 -50
AZ-CO-UT 700 825 -130

Source: Pew Hispanic Center

The South Atlantic consists of Delaware, the District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia. The Mountain region consists of Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming.

Originally posted 2010-09-03 02:00:34.