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Welcome to my blog, Protect and Defend. You don’t have to understand me. You only have to agree with me. I can live with losing the good fight, but I can not live with not fighting that good fight at all. - Publius

Tuesday, June 13, 2006

But look at the whole story on illegals crossing the border

Fewer Mexican immigrants trek to U.S.

SAN LUIS RIO COLORADO, Mexico -- Fewer Mexican immigrants are trying to illegally enter the United States this month, officials and activists said, as U.S. National Guard troops began arriving along the border in Arizona.

U.S. authorities said Monday that detentions along the U.S.-Mexico border decreased 21%, to 26,994, in the first 10 days of June, compared with 34,077 for the period a year ago. Along Arizona's border, once the busiest area, detentions dropped 23%, according to the U.S. Border Patrol.

The 55 soldiers who arrived June 3 are the first of about 6,000 troops to be dispatched along the 2,000-mile border as part of a plan to stem illegal immigration to the United States.

The soldiers aren't allowed to detain immigrants and have been limited to projects such as extending border fences, but their presence is keeping would-be crossers away, immigrant-rights activists said.

Francisco Loureiro, who runs an immigrant shelter in Nogales, Mexico, across the border from Arizona, said immigrants are afraid of the U.S. troops after hearing reports of abuse in Iraq.

"Some migrants have told me they heard about the troops on television, and, because the U.S. Army doesn't have a very good reputation, they prefer not to cross," Loureiro said. Others have been discouraged by smugglers' fees that have nearly doubled to more than $3,000.

Jorge Vazquez, coordinator for Mexico's Grupo Beta immigrant aid agency in San Luis Rio Colorado, across from San Luis, Ariz., said that before the troops arrived, his agents encountered at least two dozen immigrants daily, most waiting for nightfall to begin their trek.

"There have been days ... when we've found only three migrants," Vazquez said.

Some immigrants may be moving to the California-Mexico border, where detentions were up 7% to 5,965 in the first 10 days of June, compared with the same period a year ago.

The National Guard plan has been criticized in Mexico as heavy-handed.

The Mexican government has said it will watch to ensure troops aren't detaining immigrants.

There are actually two stories here.
The first story is that by just announcing the move to put the National Guard along the border this announcement has lead to a 21% decrease in illegal crossings compared to the same time last year.
The second and more important story is that even with the threat of National Guardsmen, 27,000 illegals still crossed the U.S. and Mexico border over a 10 day span.
These 55 Guardsmen are a start, and the 6,000 that are on the way are also part of that start. But, the scale of this problem is too great for Guardsman alone to have an impact. We need Guardsmen and we need a wall and we need to re-establish the rule of law along our borders.


Anonymous Bob H. said...

Well put. It's a start. We have to keep the fire under congress to stop this invasion. Vote out those who don't agree no matter what party they are from.

Wed Jun 14, 05:12:00 AM  
Blogger Publius said...

Bob, I already made the list of Senators who voted for S. 2611 and are up for reelections this year. Republican or Democrat, they need to go.

Wed Jun 14, 12:02:00 PM  

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