The Government Accountability Office recently concluded that, despite the notable enhancements, about 40 percent of those attempting to cross illegally are making it through. Once here, with the Obama administrations narrow focus on removing only the most serious criminals, and with little workplace enforcement, many are settling in for a long stay.Napolitano: No need to bind amnesty to border security
By Stephen Dinan
The Washington Times
Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Homeland Security Secretary Janet A. Napolitano told lawmakers Wednesday that the southwest border is more secure than ever and warned against holding legalization hostage to more border security prompting a key Republican to warn the Obama administration that it is endangering chances for a bill this year.
Ms. Napolitano, testifying to the SenateJudiciary Committee, said the Border Patrol has been beefed up, hundreds of miles of fencing have been built, and her department is deporting a record number of illegal immigrants.
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Instead of another commission, ask someone who lives in southern Arizona if the border is secure enough. Youll get an earful. Many feel that the government considers their communities sacrifice zones, conceded to the smuggling cartels that operate with near impunity.
We can and must do more. Finish the fence where it can be patrolled, give agents better access to lands now off limits and provide more layers of security, including interior checkpoints, transportation-focused interdiction, workplace enforcement and local involvement. Finish the entry-exit system so that travelers who enter by land are screened as thoroughly as those who arrive by airplane, and so that action can be taken against those who overstay.