Texas Department of Public Safety to Federal Government: Do Your Part

Obama Admin Opens Door to New Immigration CrisisDespite strong opposition by open border proponents, Texas lawmakers passed an unprecedented border security funding bill last year that assured citizens in the Lone Star State that the legislature was serious about combatting illegal immigration and drug trafficking. Now they are continuing that fight by calling for the federal government to do its part and invest approximately $1 billion into needed security and Border Patrol improvements.

“There’s not enough border patrol agents [and] there’s not enough National Guard personnel to cover this place 24/7,” Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) Director Steve McCraw told KXAN, Austin. He added that the state investment has already resulted in drug seizures worth millions of dollars and a noticeable drop in crime rates around the Rio Grande Valley.

Hoping to build on this success, Texas DPS is requesting that $290 million of the total be allocated to the hiring of 250 additional Border Patrol agents. The rest of the money would go toward technological advancements on the border such as aerial monitoring, adding 5,000 cameras and replacing more than 1,200 vehicles.

An effective border strategy must rely heavily on the use of technological resources. The U.S.-Mexico boundary is too long and ecologically diverse to secure with only a fence and spread out patrols. Complimenting the border fence with an increase in the number of Border Patrol agents and advanced gadgets like motion detection sensors and cameras is a more effective strategy that has helped nations like Israel protect the lives and interests of their citizens.

However, in addition to beefing up border security, the U.S. must also remove the ability for illegal aliens to legally obtain state and federal benefits that currently incentivize illegal immigration. Securing the southern border while still promising incentives like driver’s licenses, healthcare discounts, in-state college tuition and “sanctuary city” policies will simply encourage them to find another, likely more dangerous method of entering the country. A balanced policy of enforcing our current immigration laws, securing the border and removing existing incentives is the best way to reduce the amount of illegal immigration into the United States.

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Spencer joined FAIR in 2015. He conducts research, and writes content for FAIR’s publications and website. He brings previous experience in state politics, gubernatorial and district campaigns, and D.C. political non-profits. Spencer holds a B.A. in Government from the University of Texas at Austin.

Comments

  1. avatar Up Huff says:

    That “likely more dangerous” method of illegally entering the US should include the threat of being summarily shot.

  2. avatar Leland says:

    Last October, the Mexican Ministry of Foreign Relations announced that a “new strategy of promoting dual nationality will allow our citizens in the US and people of Mexican origin to obtain significant benefits on economic, social, and political matters, as well as strengthen their ties to both countries”.

    In 2009 a Zogby poll found that “an overwhelming majority, 69%, of people born in Mexico think that the primary loyalty of Mexican Americans [Mexico and US born] should be to Mexico. Just 20% said it should be to the US.”

    So if you want this country taken over by corrupt Mexico, just keep doing what we’re doing.

    • avatar SecBorders says:

      Mexico is getting it’s revenge for the Mexican-American war, when the US Army marched into Mexico City and forced Mexico to sign a treaty giving up one-third of its territory. This is a loss Mexico hasn’t forgotten, but we are now so wimpy and pathetic we are letting them walk all over us, while the foreign policy elites in Washington play Game of Thrones in the Middle East, Ukraine and the Baltics with money we don’t have as the country rapidly goes broke.

      • avatar Leland says:

        Yeah, I know they blame us, but Mexico as a country only had a minimal claim over the southwest for a little over 20 years. Before that, all that land, and Mexico, were Spanish colonies for three centuries. If you remember the movie, it’s fiction, but based on truth, that Zorro fought the Spanish authorities in California. Mexico had a hard time getting settlers to move to the new territories, so much so that they invited Americans to move to Texas because Mexicans wouldn’t. Which ultimately led to the Alamo and the independent republic of Texas. As far as the Baltics, that’s ridiculous. We now have more countries in NATO than we did when we “won” the Cold War,

        • avatar SecBorders says:

          And as if there would be much interest in the reconquista today if the US was an impoverished dump like Mexico. Climate controlled malls, swimming pools, welfare, and other goodies sure makes the reconquista appealing.

          But the concept hasn’t registered in the brains of the Mexican flag wavers that like to attack Trump supporters that if their big fantasy actually came true and the Southwestern US became part of Mexico the big gravy train made possible by American citizens would come to end and they would once again be living in the impoverished Mexico that they had once tried to get away from.

          • avatar Leland says:

            Absolutely true. There are a couple dozen Latin American countries and their success rate is not too good. Look at Venezuela. It’s one of the biggest oil producers in the world and yet the country is an economic and political disaster. Mexico for all purposes is run by the cartels. Their number one cartel leader escaped twice from their “maximum security” prison, the first time he was gone for 13 years. How much money do you suppose changed hands with all that? We have escapes, but not from high level people like that.

            If you look at a map of Latin America from 1850 it looks little like today. Peru and Ecuador were fighting over their border as late as 1998. The president of Mexico was quoted during Trump’s visit saying that he would “do what’s best for Mexico”. So why do so many people say it’s racist when we try to do the same.

            South Americans romanticize Simon Bolivar today, but the fact is that, unlike the hero’s retirement Washington received as the father of our country, Bolivar died a pauper, on his way to exile, scorned by the very people he set free from Spain. He had to fight his backstabbing “allies” as much as the Spanish. At the end, he wondered, correctly as things have turned out, whether South Americans could build the kind of government America did. And despite mistakes, we did that. They haven’t.

    • avatar Up Huff says:

      Not a problem.. just mandate that dual citizenship with Mexico would result in an immediate forfeiture of the US one. Those who’s primary allegiance is to Mexico should be removed for cause and not allowed re-entry.
      And the single most important act to be done on the first day, should Trump actually get elected, is an Executive Order (if Congress doesn’t act) to make English the SOLE official language and mandate that NO language other than it be used in any official capacity. Meaning no more “Press one for English”, no more “educating” in Spanish or any other language (unless it is to LEARN that language- NOT receive instruction in it), and the total forfeiture of all Federal taxpayer dollars /funding to any State that does not comply. If they want to do so anyway they do it on the backs of their own citizens. That and make it easier for bordering States located next to non-compliant ones can refuse to recognize the licenses of the non-compliant ones.

  3. Public Safety

    Takes a back seat to cheap labor.

    • avatar Up Huff says:

      Time to fine companies and individuals that hire illegal labor into bankruptcy. Prison time for those who do would be a rather quick disincentive as well. Minimum of one year for each (illegal) employee, with no time off for good behavior and no “weekends” sentences. Make all convictions for multiples to be consecutive.
      After a few high profile scofflaws are jailed the rest would get the message in a big hurry, which would be a great disincentive for illegals to come North.
      Meanwhile, intercept and seize all monies being sent to Central and South America by them, using the money to build The Wall. They’re here illegally, the money can be seized.
      Last, reverse ALL “birther” citizenships to those who don’t meet the required ‘one parent an American citizen’ rule.
      That was never made law and it is NOT Constitutional.

  4. avatar SecBorders says:

    From the report: Meth Precursor Chemicals from China: Implications for the United States
    USCC.gov

    –During the last 15 years, methamphetamine (meth) abuse in the United States has skyrocketed, necessitating new policies to reduce meth production. To limit the drug’s use, regulations were introduced in the mid-2000s limiting access to cold and cough medicines containing chemicals like ephedrine and pseudoephedrine—also known as “precursor” methamphetamine chemicals—used to produce meth. Nevertheless, meth seizures and abuse have continued to increase, with Mexican drug organizations replacing domestic producers as the main manufacturers and distributors of meth in the United States.

    While Mexican cartels produce the majority (around 90 percent) of meth used in the United States, around 80 percent of precursor chemicals used in Mexican meth come from China. Precursor chemicals are increasingly being shipped from China to Mexico, where they are manufactured into meth, transported across the southern border of the United States, and brought into southwestern states—Texas, Arizona, and California—before being shipped across the country. A period of increased cooperation between the U.S. and Mexican governments in the late 2000s and early 2010s has done little to reduce the precursor flows, with Chinese drug traffickers circumventing counternarcotic authorities by shipping chemicals to poorly regulated Central American ports before transporting them to Mexico.

    –With Mexican and U.S. officials cracking down on precursor imports, Chinese chemical exporters are taking additional steps to ensure precursor shipments arrive undetected. Chinese triads—organized crime syndicates operating throughout Asia and beyond—have increased their cooperation with Mexican criminal organizations and are now the main suppliers of precursor chemicals to Mexico. The triads work in conjunction with Mexican drug cartels, including the Sinaloa and Knights Templar cartels, to produce and transport chemicals and bypass laws and import regulations. Chinese drug traffickers also undermine Mexico’s anti-precursor regulations by transporting chemicals into Central American countries, which are vulnerable to narcotics trafficking due to their remoteness, limited infrastructure, lack of government presence, and weak law enforcement institutions.

    James Bosworth, CEO of the strategic advisory firm Southern Pulse, explained in an interview with Commission staff, “On top of direct covert trafficking into Mexico’s Pacific ports, precursor materials from China enter ports in countries like Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, and Venezuela before being transported into Mexico by land and sea routes, making them difficult to detect.”