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illegal-aliens-crossing-fence21 The United States has an immigration problem or more succinctly, from the standpoint of national security, an illegal immigration problem.  This should come to no surprise of any of our readers. Your surprise should begin when you realize how President Obama and Homeland Security Secretary Napolitano plan on dealing with the problem.  They announced last month an initiative to house illegal immigrants in converted hotels and nursing homes. The initiative isn’t a new direction.  In June, DHS directed the approximate 66 counties and cities who deputize local police to serve as immigration agents to release all “non-dangerous detainees.”   This directive may seem inconsequential, but in 2008, local police made 20% of all immigration-related arrests.  A DHS spokesman stated this wasn’t a change in policy, because they “always put a priority on criminal aliens who pose a national security threat.” Proponents argue June’s directive and the initiative announced yesterday are for this type of individual.  These converted hotels and nursing homes would contain illegal immigrants detained solely on non-violent offenses who pose no security threat to the United States.  They would also be used to house those seeking asylum.  These same proponents would point out we don’t usually arrest and incarcerate someone for speeding, document fraud, or fishing without a license. “Criminal aliens who pose a national security threat” is an interesting label probably more accurately attributed after the threat is averted.  According to a 2005 study by the Center for Immigration Studies, five of the nineteen 9/11 hijackers had immigration violations.  Other sources note local authorities stopped four of these five on traffic violations.  Clearly local authorities didn’t realize the national security threat these men posed when within their grasp. Of the 94 foreign-born terrorists arrested or killed in US incidents between the early 1990’s and 2004, “59 committed immigration fraud prior to or in conjunction with their terrorist activity.”  Although most were never discovered or detained prior to the completion of their plan, seven were indicted for using “fake identification.”  What would have led the DHS to believe any of these 94 posed a “national security threat?” Furthermore, research and anecdotal evidence has shown that “85% of detainees released on a bond do not show up for a court date.”  Read that carefully, a significant majority of those released on a bond, they literally put money up promising to reappear, do not return to court. This is in stark contrast to a 1992 Dept. of Justice study that notes “a quarter of those released” failed to appear.  What makes us believe if we detain them in a hotel/nursing home, our ability to keep them confined will improve?  Even the nicest sheets and room service may not help. In the myopic view of Washington bureaucrats, they point to the need to save money to house these detained immigrants. They anticipate by not putting everyone in local, state and government jails, they would spend about $14 per day to house these immigrants versus the estimate $100 per day currently spent.  While we spend millions and billions on pork projects throughout the United States, the $2 billion spent to house detained immigrants (illegal in most cases) is now too much. It’s easy for someone living in the illegal-immigration hotbed of the southwestern United States to draw the line that these men, women and children entered the country illegally and thus must be charged with that violation first.  “Support the laws on the books,” one might say. Similarly, it’s also easy for someone outside this region, say someone like Doug Massey, a Princeton University professor, to call it “the new American gulag.”  Professor Massey continues, “Detaining and deporting 400,000 people per-year for non-violent immigration infractions is a bad idea.” Somewhere between these arguments, we need to find a middle ground.  After a Hispanic woman gave birth in shackles at the Davidson County (Nashville) facility, Sheriff Daron Hall, hired a prisoner advocate, eased visitation rules and changed the menu to more ethnic appealing tastes. Yet still Sheriff Hall is criticized because he’s not focusing on people posing a threat, but rather fishing without a license.  Four such illegal immigrants were detained since the start of his program enabling arrest of illegal immigrants. However, are assignments of detained immigrants to hotels and converted nursing homes a middle ground?  Although it’s unlikely room service and clean linen will be offered, does this initiative seem to be the answer?  While non-citizens are offered this “quality of life benefit” how many of America’s homeless, including a disproportionate number of veterans, remain on the streets as law abiding citizens? We must remain steadfast in supporting the laws on the books.  Illegal immigration must not be tolerated and the current laws should be enforced.  We must secure the borders and prohibit entry of individuals no matter what their intentions.  The tremendous delays and backlogs associated with deportation of illegal immigrants must be expedited to limit the ever-increasing population currently incarcerated.  And we must look for overall comprehensive immigration reform to prevent these situations from continuing.
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Hey, I got an idea!

Let's take care of homeless veterans and their families first, then focus of other Americans who are homeless.

Then we can focus on "undocumented visitors" once we are successful with the other two higher priorities.

The best solution for homeless illegal immigrants is still sending them back to their original home.

Plane ticket much more cost effective and faster solution.

See ya!

Have a good day!

If people don´t want illegals, a good idea would be to stop hiring them. Illegal immigrants don't cross the border because they love US, they cross because they get better paid jobs than in their countries. We don´t like illegals but we hire them. We don´t like the war against the drugs but we are the number one consuming drug country of the world...i need a nap.

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News from the World of Military and Veterans Issues. Iraq and A-Stan in parenthesis reflects that the author is currently deployed to that theater.