Border Security a Money Maker
Beheadings, Beheadings, Beheadings
Who was Jan Brewer and how was she tied to immigration?
Jan Brewer made immigration the key to re-election in her state of Arizona.
Jan Brewer was previously the Secretary of State of Arizona (2003- until Governor Janet Napolitano resigned to become Secretary of Homeland Security-2009) and she became Governor, "not elected".
Jan Brewer, a Californian, moved to Arizona and became a chiropractor and tried her hand at real estate, while becoming involved in politics as well as a member of the Republican Party; but it was her controversial fight against "illegal immigrants" that put her in the spotlight. With her successful election behind her, Arizona was taken by storm.
Was Jan Brewer really about border security? Jan Brewer was about ambition for herself, her campaign and her party. And at the end of the day, she was about bringing Big Business into Arizona.
Arizona Border Security
In Arizona, Jan Brewer said it best, "The ability to sustain a force of any size requires federal funding." While she decried the deficit and spending, in the same breath she continued to ask for federal funding.
She released a plan on April 2010 for securing the Arizona Borders:
National Guard Actions. "Night Hawk" covert missions, increase by 150 per year (as federal funding becomes available)
Military exercises along the border.
$10 Million for local law enforcement
All deficit increasing items. No border fences in the plan.
Secure the Boarder or Create an Environment for Trade
March of 2007, $55 million in federal dollars (critical funding as they called it) were spent for re-designing and constructing the San Luis II Port of Entry. The federal money was not spent to secure the border entry point, but to increase efficiency for "international cargo" along the CANMEX Corridor.
June of 2007, Arizona Attorney General used $50 million from a Western Union Settlement for border security. They did not use it directly through the local or state government enforcement. They "out sourced" it through the Center for State Enforcement of Antitrust and Consumer Protection laws, Inc. The money was used to investigate and prosecute drug dealers and all crimes associated with that lifestyle. Some of the funding also went to officer training in Mexico and the U.S., while a portion of it went for a "border protection team" (10-12 investigators and prosecutors). This non-for profit organization was run by Stephen D. Houck, who specialized in antitrust law and commercial litigation.
Jan Brewer admitted that the "tough bill" she signed was not about border security.
Illegals Tunnel Their Way Through
Fencing and road blocks are just deterrents
It has been seen over and over again in video footage, that a fence or a road block are purely a deterrent. Human beings are a species of animal. And like most animals, when they are starving and looking for food or better surroundings, they will get through whatever barriers they need to to get to it.
Built a fence to go over and they will tunnel and go under. And the cost of these deterrents, more and more money. In 2006, George Bush gave Home Land Security billions of dollars towards building fences and securing the borders and still today, there are miles and miles of areas in places like Arizona, Texas and California that are still missing fences, so where did the money go?
Do you support immigration reform?
Immigration Reform is the Key to Border Security:
As the GOP complain about not having the funding to enforce border security. President, Obama as did George Bush and previous presidents, signs a bill giving more funds to border security.
And as always, most will go to "the good ole' boys" and security will still fall short. Border security will not work without Immigration Reform. Rick Perry, Governor of Texas loves to talk about securing our borders first and the working on reform and putting more feet on the ground.
That kind of mentality is what has created our border problems. The time for reform is now. President Obama has begun working on immigration reform and met with opposition .
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