Should We Be Concerned?

Views From The Bench

April 21, 2015

As yet another presidential election cycle approaches, immigration remains on the forefront of the issues the candidates must address. We believe that the questions that each one of us should pose to these candidates must include questions concerning their intentions about enforcing existing law and encouraging agents and officers of the Department of Homeland Security to actively enforce the existing laws governing immigration.

We have alluded in prior posts to high level officials within DHS directing field agents to ignore obvious gang indicia when interviewing unaccompanied minors entering the US in violation of law over the past year and a half. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents brought suit to challenge President Obama’s executive action (DACA-Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) which prevents ICE and border patrol agents from obeying federal law requirements that immigration officers arrest and detain illegal aliens. Other groups have also filed suit challenging administrative decisions extending employment authorizations to persons without testing the labor market to determine if the action adversely affects US citizen and permanent resident workers. Congressional reports show that while the immigration courts order removal of aliens, DHS has thousands of unexecuted final orders of deportation that sit in filing cabinets all over the US. These and other actions over the past decades have brought us to our current state where we are debating what to do with the present estimates of 11-13 million illegal aliens in the US.

Recent news reports should raise our level of concern. Judicial Watch and other non-mainstream media have reported that “ISIS” (Islamic State in Iraq and Syria) or as the Pentagon calls it “ISIL” (Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant) have established camps in Mexico near Ciudad Juarez in an area dominated by the drug cartels called “Anapra” within eight miles of the US/Mexican border. Judicial Watch reports that the camps are involved in the smuggling of ISIS terrorists, among others, through our porous southern border. A joint operation with the Mexican Army and federal law enforcement discovered documents in Arabic and Urdu, as well as plans of Fort Biiss – the military base of the US Army’s 1st Armored Division.

Should we be concerned? The answer is obvious. When terrorists who have advocated and propagated numerous attacks on Western countries move across the border, we must be on high alert. However, our eviscerated enforcement efforts may continue to haunt us. Judicial Watch reported that the FBI officials called for a “special” meeting at the U.S. Consulate in Ciudad Juarez. Interestingly, the subject of the alleged meeting was not to deal with terrorists along the border, but rather to address a press strategy to deal with the media outlets reporting the existing of these camps. Even more curious was the fact that the agency charged with border security (DHS) was reportedly not invited to participate in the meeting.

We the people must call to account those who are charged with protecting our borders and urge legislators and candidates to support the active enforcement of existing law, as well as, adopting new legislation to address the current situation. The agents in the field who want to do their job must not be hampered by directives which eviscerate enforcement. More laws without effective enforcement will not reduce our immigration problem, but only serve to exacerbate it.

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