Morning Briefs

Border Security Isn’t a Competition, but We’re Winning

The politicians, the media, and the political elite have repeatedly dug in their heels and proclaimed they would not, could not secure the border unless they could get Amnesty first. The public and the conservative right have recognized the ploy, having learned from experience that under the proposed arrangement, border security is a promise but amnesty is a guarantee.

The elite have wailed and torn their hair and proclaimed again and again there can be no border security without Amnesty (a.k.a. “Comprehensive Immigration Reform”).

But guess who’s winning?

Determined to show a commitment to stopping the flow of illegal immigrants, the Senate convened a special session Thursday and passed a $600 million bill to put more agents and equipment along the Mexican border.

The border-security measure will fund the hiring of 1,000 more Border Patrol agents to be deployed at critical areas, 250 more Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents and 250 more Customs and Border Protection officers.

It provides for new communications equipment and greater use of unmanned surveillance drones. Almost one-third of the money goes to the Justice Department to help agencies such as the FBI, the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms deal with drug dealers and human traffickers.

The “determined to show a commitment” part is bullshit. The bill was initially proposed by Democrats in the expectation that Republicans would oppose it. But Republicans went along with it — not as the solution to border security, but as a step in the right direction. And Democrats were caught in their own trap and now their reconquista constituencies are teh pissed.

Somebody's gotta do something about illegal aliens

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