Every night the news is like a broken record – Immigration Reform, Immigration Reform, Immigration Reform, our National Security is at risk, National Security is at risk, and our National Security is at risk!
How much longer will it take for Americans to pick up on the nonsense and think about stopping the turntable and demanding a new song?
The issues of immigration and issues of National Security go hand- hand and there is absolutely no room for Political Parties to be determining the relationship of votes for 2016 and beyond. Our Nation’s history is built on a solid ethical foundation of legal immigration and strong national security to keep America a free economically stable country. The following are examples of the dysfunctional political system that is supposed to ensures every Americans safety; by no means did the mess start in 2002. Historical data indicates politicians have been debating the mix of Immigration and National Security for a very long time; been there done that with Immigration Reform and Control Act (IRCA) from 1986.
President Bush asked Congress to give agencies more than $52 billion to buy information technology products and services for the next fiscal year which created a 16% increase of spending that had occurred over the last five previous years. With billions allocated no one really understands even today how the money was spent but a good guess is the only $1 billion was spent on technology, technology that could have been used for border security and other National Security issues.
James Kane, president of Federal Sources Inc. said, “Of the $40 billion in emergency supplemental spending Congress approved after Sept. 11, only about $1 billion ultimately will be spent on technology, mostly for replacement hardware”
Where did all that money go?
Who was in charge?
The problems existed then because of the huge governmental bureaucracy that had NO defined leadership and NO accountability. Kurtz and Rudman’s following comments have defined what most Americans I believe already know.
“The technologies are there,” says Paul Kurtz, the White House director of critical infrastructure protection. “It’s policies [and] bureaucracies that we have to deal with.”
“A meeting with a homeland security staffer is not the ticket into the big game,” Kurtz says. “Homeland Security Director Tom Ridge has no authority over how agencies spend their money. The federal market is made up of hundreds of departments, agencies and program offices, and successful companies will establish a broad set of contacts to take advantage of individual business opportunities…”
“$1.8 billion in emergency funds after failing to agree on immigration legislation. About $1 billion of this money would go the new-fence account; $492 million is to buy aircraft and X-ray machines to protect U.S. borders and ports of entry, and the Coast Guard is promised $175 million more to help expedite modernization.”
“The budget includes an additional $286 million for a comprehensive approach to enforcement along our borders that combines law enforcement and prosecutorial component efforts to investigate arrest, detain, and prosecute illegal immigrants and other criminals.” (U.S. Department of Justice)
Adjusted for inflation, the federal budget for immigration enforcement has grown from $1.2 billion in 1986 to $17.9 billion in 2012. After billions (or maybe even trillions) have been spent on National Security, the results cannot be tracked for success nor can any accountability be obtained. Why? Today we have tripled the amount of illegals crossing over the US border. The insanity of spending billions of dollars over such a short period of time and having no results created is unacceptable and unethical.
Start asking yourself:
Why are we still talking about developing a plan for Immigration Reform?
Do we have a National Crisis created by ‘career politicians’?
What are the motivations of Political Parties to continue not creating ethical solid long-term National Security solutions for Immigration?
What should be keeping you up at night?
- Open borders that allow access to anyone in the world onto American soil
- Cyber terrorists attacks
- 1000’s of shipyards that go unprotected
There are really only three questions that need to be answered at this point after spending billions:
Why doesn’t America have the most sophisticated and enforced Immigration Laws in the world?
Why aren’t American borders, cyber technology and shipping yards the most secure in the World?
Where are all the billions of dollars that were allocated for American National Security?
Time for major change and accountability, as a “growing number of countries are flocking to Israel to study border security.”
Additional reading on border security: Immigration Enforcement Between Ports of Entry