Borders are a nation’s first line of defense and last line of defense against the enemies of that nation. In fact, it could properly be said that the primary role of our military is to keep America’s enemies as far from our shores (and borders) as possible.
However, “up close and in person,” the issue of border security becomes the domain and responsibility of the Department of Homeland Security and its component agencies charged with border security and the enforcement of our nation’s immigration laws from within the interior of the United States.
President-elect Donald Trump, Sen. Jeff Sessions and Gen. John Kelly, the Attorney General and Homeland Security Secretary nominees, respectively, cannot start their new jobs fast enough. While I watched Tuesday’s confirmation hearings, two items came across my desk that show yet again how woefully eroded immigration enforcement has become during the Obama administration.
For all of the 30 years that I’ve been following immigration, the argument against building a wall or a fence on the Southwest border has been the same. If a ten-foot fence is built, sales of 11-foot fences will soar.
If President Donald Trump wants to get his administration off to a flying start, he should make good on his promise to restore American jobs. In June 2015, when he announced his presidential candidacy, Trump said: “I will be the greatest jobs president that God ever created. I tell you that.”
One mission of our armed services is to work with our allies to locate, engage and eliminate terrorists overseas, while domestically our law enforcement agencies are tasked with protecting America and Americans within our borders.
On September 9, FBI agents arrested U.S. Customs and Border Protection officer Jose Luis Cota on suspicion of allowing aliens to cross into the U.S. through the San Ysidro Port of Entry in exchange for cash bribes and sex.
September 11, 2016, will mark the 15th anniversary of the worst attack on the United States since Pearl Harbor. Since then, the threat of terrorism both in the U.S. and elsewhere has not diminished but has, in fact, increased.
Lessons that should have been learned by our political leaders, at all levels of government, have either not been learned or forgotten.