Supposedly, the government concentrates mostly on illegals who already have a criminal record. (Doesn’t violating our immigration laws automatically classify them as a criminal?) In the fiscal year of 2011, a total of 188,380 illegals with criminal records were deported. However, 86,699 of them had been previously deported at least once. That’s a return rate of 46%, which indicates that we have a complete failure to secure our borders from known criminal elements.
Additionally, there were another 43,307 illegals without criminal records who had been previously deported and again illegally entered the US. Even though it is a crime to cross the US border illegally, none of the 43,307 are considered to have criminal records.
According to a report issued by the Center for Immigration Studies:
“It cannot be ascertained from the available data how many of the 86,699 previously deported criminals committed new crimes other than their illegal return, but unless they were detained shortly after re-entering the United States, it is likely that they came to the attention of the immigration authorities as a result of new crimes (committed after their illegal re-entry) for which they were convicted or arraigned.”
“The 46 percent may also be understated due to reclassification of criminal deportees. Thus existing data indicate that a minimum of 46 percent of the 2011 criminal deportees were previously deported and returned to the United States.”
“In nearly all cases the deportee will go undetected unless charged with another crime or if the deportee returns to his old neighborhood and is recognized by local law enforcement officials. Thus the number of deportees who make an illegal re-entry is possibly much higher than indicated.”
“The extent of our revolving door for deported criminal illegal immigrants points to failures in securing our nation’s borders. These failures do not bode well for our future ability to intercept known and unknown terrorists who try to gain access to our country.”
Reports like this clearly indicate that the Department of Homeland Security is doing very little to secure our borders. Their cavalier attitude towards illegal immigration is a disgrace and an affront to most US citizens. If this many illegals are returning and many going completely undetected, then how many terrorists are also crossing into our country illegally?
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. Bring our troops home from Iraq and Afghanistan and station them along the US-Mexico borders with orders to detain and shoot if necessary. Military patrols should be stationed in a line of sight with each other across the entire extent of the border. They should also be the ones to man and operate all border crossing stations. This would result in a drastic cut in the amount of illegal aliens and drugs that are currently flowing into the US across the Mexican border. It would also make it harder for terrorists to gain entry in to the country. I believe it’s a win-win answer to illegal immigration, drugs and keeping our military safe at home securing our borders instead of the borders of countries that hate us.