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Author: Spencer Raley

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Spencer joined the Federation for American Immigration Reform (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.

U.S. Officials Draft Foreign Border Proposals While Ignoring American Border Crisis

While border security in the U.S. takes a back burner under the Obama administration, it appears to be considered a crucial part of securing law and order in foreign countries. According to the Jerusalem Post, American officials drafted a border security recommendation for Israel’s eastern border if that nation decides to pull out of the Jordan Valley and fully cede the West Bank to Palestinian control. This proposal offers the Jewish nation state-of-the-art border monitoring technology which would be complimented by Israeli and Palestinian security patrols on both sides of the border. “The research and details of the plan were overseen by Gen. John Allen, a Marine four-star general who had commanded U.S. forces in Afghanistan. Its implementation was designed to span a number of years during which Israel would maintain both an overt and covert presence in the territories. As part of the plan, the Jordan Valley frontier would be outfitted with sophisticated surveillance and tracking technology on both the Israeli and Jordanian sides of the boundary. In addition, Israeli and Palestinian security force would conduct separate patrols in designated areas of the West Bank until the latter proves its effectiveness in keeping order on their own.” Israel said, “thanks, but no thanks.” Considering the chaos on the United States’ southern border, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that one of the most at-risk nations in the world...

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Hillary Clinton Claims U.S. Can’t Afford Border Fence

On January 6 Hillary Clinton, whose campaign has proposed approximately one trillion dollars worth of additional future spending, declared that the U.S. federal government simply can’t put the cash together for a border fence. In an interview with FOX 5 Las Vegas, anchor Christine Maddela asked Clinton if the U.S. could “afford to build a wall along the southern border or ship everyone back?” The Democratic hopeful took on an unusual fiscally reserved approach with her answer: Well, I don’t think so. I think it’s particularly challenging for those who are advocating that to respond to the fact that we have spent many hundreds of billions of dollars tightening the border security on our southern border. And we do have barriers in many areas. The terrain is very, very difficult. The border fence is estimated to require about $15-$25 billion to complete, with an additional annual cost of approximately $700 million for maintenance. However, when the price tag for this project is compared to the $113 billion FAIR estimates illegal immigration costs American citizens every year, even a small deterrence makes fiscal sense. If this increase in border security offered even a 5% decrease in the yearly cost of illegal immigration, the fence would pay for itself within 6 years. Taking this step further and coupling it with common-sense immigration policy reform, such as mandatory E-verify participation for employers,...

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Clueless DHS Official Caught on Video

A December 2015 video released by Rep. Ron DeSantis (R-Fla.) reveals just how the little the Obama administration knows about who is coming into our nation. While testifying in front of the House Subcommittee on National Security, Kelli Burriesci, the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Screening Coordination, Office of Policy, Homeland Security, was unable to provide a wide variety of basic statistics concerning overstays from the visa waiver program, as well as who is entering the States through the Syrian refugee program. (You can view the video of Ms. Burriesci’s testimony HERE) North Carolina Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) noted that the...

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President Trump Must Keep His Immigration Promises

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