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April 20th, 2010
05:00 PM ET

Illegal immigrants entering U.S. with criminal records

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FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

The people of Arizona are fed up when it comes to illegal immigration. And they ought to be.

Almost one in five of those caught trying to enter the state illegally from Mexico has a criminal record.

It's one reason why Senators John McCain and John Kyl are calling for 3,000 National Guard troops to be deployed to Arizona's border with Mexico.

They also want federal funding for an additional 3,000 U.S. customs and border agents, a double-row border fence, increased mobile surveillance and hardship duty pay for border patrol agents.

But it's not the only reason... at least for McCain. Can you tell he's in danger of losing his Senate seat this November? Where have all the clowns in Washington been on this issue since 9/11? Virtually nothing has been done to secure the nation's borders... because Democrats want the Mexican vote and Republican donors want the illegal aliens to work for them.

President Obama insists his administration is committed to securing the borders and has taken "unprecedented" steps over the past 14 months. What a load.

The fact is it's unlikely anything will be done about illegal immigration now that we're in an election year for the reasons laid out above.

But Arizona is taking measures into its own hands. The state Senate has passed a tough immigration bill that would force police to arrest people who can't prove they're in the country legally.

Critics say it would lead to racial profiling. So what? The state's governor has five days to veto the bill or sign it into law.

Here’s my question to you: What should be done about border security if almost 20 percent of illegal immigrants entering Arizona from Mexico have criminal records?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

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Filed under: Mexico • U.S. Border Security
March 13th, 2009
04:00 PM ET

Should U.S. send troops to Mexican border?

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FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

As drug-related violence escalates in Mexico there's been chatter this week about the possibility of sending U.S. troops to the border.

President Barack Obama says states, including Texas, have asked for National Guard troops to be deployed to the border; however the Pentagon says it hasn't received specific requests to do so. A Pentagon spokesman says the U.S. is already providing the Mexican government with five helicopters, a Marine surveillance vehicle and hand-held scanners. He adds that any troops that would be sent would only protect the U.S. side of the border, and that there are no talks of sending them into Mexico.

The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Admiral Michael Mullen, went to Mexico last week and is highlighting the need to work more with Mexico's military. He says the violence is rising there because the government is taking on drug cartels more directly - and that this is an opportunity for the U.S. to cooperate.

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano says the U.S. will soon send a large contingent of federal agents to the border; among other things, they will step up car inspections.

Mexican officials say the violence killed more than 6,200 people last year and more than 1,000 in the first two months of this year. One U.S. official has called Mexican drug cartels the biggest organized crime threat facing America.

Here’s my question to you: In light of increased drug-related violence in Mexico, should the U.S. send troops to the border?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

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Filed under: U.S. Border Security
April 24th, 2008
05:28 PM ET

Why has the govt. refused to secure our borders?

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Dusk falls over a section of the US-Mexico border fence near Campo, California. (PHOTO CREDIT: GETTY IMAGES)

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

President Bush once called it "the most technologically advanced border security initiative in American history."

He was talking about the "virtual fence," a twenty million dollar hi-tech detection device along the Arizona-Mexico border designed to keep illegal aliens from coming into this country. Trouble is it doesn't work.

Now the government is scrapping the prototype, just two months after Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff approved it. The system is failing to alert border security agents of illegal crossings.

Agents began using the fence in December and it has been responsible for more than three thousand apprehensions. The problem is more than 3,000 illegal aliens enter the United States every day.

Time for Plan "B." The government will replace the virtual fence with a series of towers with communications systems, cameras and radar.

In case you're keeping track, 9/11 happened six and a half years ago. And since then in the name of national security the Bush administration has spied on Americans without a warrant, approved torture of terror suspects, ignored the Geneva conventions, made airline travel more complicated than going by covered wagon, invaded a sovereign country that had done nothing to us, and bankrupted the treasury. But they haven't secured the nation's borders.

In fact, illegal aliens with torches, hacksaws, ladders, and bungee cords have come right through miles of existing border fence. Holes in the fence are big enough for an average-sized woman to squeeze through.

And border agents in Texas, Arizona, and California often have to repair the same sections of the existing fence every day.

Here’s my question to you: Why in the years following 9/11 has the government refused to secure our nation's borders?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

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Filed under: U.S. Border Security