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Dem Lawmakers: Tighter Border Security Means More Illegal Immigrant Deaths

“How many more must die alone on U.S. soil," say Hispanic Caucus members, before immigration reform and drug demand addressed?

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Nicholas Ballasy

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July 26, 2013 - 4:53 pm
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Texas Democratic Congressmen Rubén Hinojosa and Beto O’Rourke are pushing back against efforts to further secure the U.S.-Mexico border, arguing that more migrants would die while illegally crossing the border into America.

“They come here to work hard and they come here to be reunited with their families. The sad truth is that many do not make it to accomplish any of those joyful things that I just described. Many of them lose their lives in the dry cactus and mesquite-filled lands of south Texas where I come from, the area that I represent,” said Hinojosa, chairman of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, at a Capitol Hill press conference.

“How many more must die alone on U.S. soil before this country realizes that our immigration system needs an overhaul? We need an immigration reform bill that allows families to be together. We need an immigration reform bill that allows a path to citizenship for the 11 million immigrants from over 100 countries who call the United States their home. We need a more compassionate and fair approach to those who want to call the United States their home.”

O’Rourke said he opposes the Corker-Hoeven amendment security measures in the Senate immigration bill because they would “further militarize” the border. The bill provides $46 billion in additional funding for a wall and adds 20,000 Border Patrol agents.

In congressional negotiations over immigration reform in the Senate, some Republicans agreed to support a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants if border security measures were implemented first.

The Senate immigration bill passed in June. Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) has said the House would not consider the Senate bill but take its own step-by-step approach on immigration reform.

“You have more people dying than ever and fewer people crossing than ever. It’s very reasonable to assume that if we build more walls, further militarize the border, we’re going to push those few remaining migrants who chose to cross into the U.S. into more treacherous, inhospitable and deadly territory. We will definitely see more death and suffering with something like Corker-Hoeven,” said O’Rourke.

According to the Department of Justice, Mexican drug cartels “control access” to the southwest border, which is “the primary gateway for moving the bulk of illicit drugs into the United States.”

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This man is right in one respect--we need to overhaul our immigration laws. For starters, we should re-open Ellis Island, we should start admitting more educated Europeans, we should severely limit savages from third world countries, and anyone given citizenship should prove responsibility for self and family, knowledge of and loyalty to the United States and its Constitution, understand and speak English, and sever all ties to government of originating country.
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So sob stories override law now Congressman? This has been the ploy of democrats since forever - or at least as far back as I can remember. Now I see it for what it is - and its the same tactic my mother used to use to get me to 'toe the line' - its a guilt trip. And the dems are the master of the guilt trip.

Trouble is I don't feel guilty for those border runners that die out there in the cactus and sage. They made the choice - not me.
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Tighter border security, like having it, would mean a lot less American deaths, as well as a lot less rapes and drunken driving.
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Their not illegal immigrants, but illegal alians.
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This bozo cares more about foreign illegal aliens than American citizens.

I have TWO WORDS for them: Don't come.
1 year ago
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I meant Caution, don't be eating or drinking while reading....my bad.
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Here is some information taken from DOJ website regarding illegal alien drug smugglers faking injuries so they will be returned to their country voluntarily. Cause, don't beat or drink anything while reading because you might start to choke.
Some Border Patrol agents and supervisors stated that in special cases, such as a mother and children, or an alien who is injured, the alien will be voluntarily returned because it is in the best interest of the United States. A lack of juvenile detention space or high costs of routine medical examinations and treatments cause INS to release individuals who might otherwise be detained. Jails and detention facilities will often not accept individuals with medical conditions unless they have been examined and treated. However, agencies do not want to be held responsible for the costs of medical examinations and treatment, and, therefore, suspects, often with minor injuries or claiming to have pre-existing medical conditions, are not prosecuted on the criminal or immigration charges and are granted voluntary returns or departures. Specifically, DEA offices in some locations, such as El Centro, have informed us that they will no longer accept any suspect who is visibly under the influence of drugs, has an obvious untended injury, or claims to have a pre-existing medical condition that has not been evaluated by medical personnel.

Drug smugglers could use these practices to evade prosecution by faking an injury or medical condition. For example, our sample included a Tucson case in which the Border Patrol apprehended an illegal alien clearly in possession of approximately 140 pounds of marijuana. Because the suspect claimed to have epilepsy, DEA refused the case and the suspect was quickly granted a voluntary departure to Mexico thereby avoiding the medical evaluation to verify his condition that would have been required in order to keep the suspect in a jail or detention facility for any length of time.
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The bodies of the dead illegals should remain where they fell. There could be no better sign that says, "No trespassing".
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I would like to ask Ruben Hinojosa, Congressman from my state and disgusting political hack, how many illegals it takes to rape a 13 year old white girl in Austin, Texas. It seems that number is a dozen, or more.

Hinojosa is upset because the Texas voter I.D. laws may prevent his beloved "undocumented rapists" from being able to vote after La Raza went to all that trouble to register them under the Motor Voter Act. And how ironic that so many of those who "come here to work hard and they come here to be reunited with their families" wind up in our prisons for rape, drug trafficking and murder.

Perhaps those illegals see their job as committing the crimes Americans refuse to do.

I challenge Congressman Hinojosa to make that statement to the widow of Houston Police Officer Rodney Johnson. Or is that just considered job creation by Hinojosa, having to replace the police officers murdered by his beloved illegals?
1 year ago
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I would be embarrassed to comment on the so called rise in the death toll! Stay home and live, trespass and invade a country where you are not wanted and pretty much hated , you might die! What exactly is the big deal? How many Americans have died at the hands of these people that have no business here in my country? 1000,00s that's how many!
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Our biggest problems today stem from several avenues..Politicians that belong to the NWO, communists, Muslims, etc. People that we unknowingly have voted into office, they do not want Americans to be free, our first step should be to remove them from office, ALL of them. Another is we have allowed our government to pass laws that pad their pockets at the taxpayers expense. Terms should be limited, as well as their power. all laws passed should apply to them as well as the citizens. ALL laws, no more gravy upon retirement. Next is immigration, we have been warned we are on the verge of food shortage and many of us will die of starvation. NOW..does it make any sense to legalize millions of illegals and share what little food they are telling us about, or would they be better off in their own countries where they would have a better chance for a future. In our past history three presidents have deported ALL illegals to provide jobs for Americans. This administration are doing the opposite. And then there is the border security..We don't have the money to secure them? But we did have the money to build and fence FEMA camps. All with taxpayer money. No matter what they choose to call them, they are concentration camps. The government we have now are following in Hitler's footsteps. in many ways. Rumor has it there are at least two of them in each state. We have a few good Americans in office, it is time we the people woke up and back them to the fullest. Our country will be no more if we do not stick together.
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wouldn't be dying if they weren't breaking the law and breaking into this country. Sorry the sympathy isn't there.
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Exactly!
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The fact of the matter is that while the country of Mexico has some of the harshest laws against illegal immigrants—with time in hellish Mexican jails routine for illegals who are caught—and Mexico has built its own fence in the South, along its border with Guatemala, to keep those illegals out of Mexico, it has prepared comic book type instruction booklets for illegals on how to more easily cross the border into the U.S. and how to evade detection and capture afterward, and there are reports that the Mexican government has also established certain areas on their side of the border as easier corridors for such illegals to cross over.

Why? The small group of extremely wealthy and powerful families that rule Mexico want to keep it that way, don’t want to make the fundamental, obvious changes in Mexican society and economy that would remedy their social and economic problems but cost them a bundle and weaken their hold on power and, instead, shove all of their potential revolutionaries and criminals and their associated economic, educational, employment, public safety, and social problems across the border into the U.S., where we U.S. suckers pay billions and undergo all the crime and social unrest involved in trying to cope with and remedy them.

Moreover, to add insult to injury, while these “poor” Mexican illegals here annually soak up tens of billions in all sorts of social welfare benefits and crowd our schools, emergency rooms, hospital nurseries, highways, and jails--stretching the resources devoted to actual American citizens thinner each year--they still manage to transfer more than $20 billion dollars a year back to their relatives in Mexico, where these transfers are the second largest single source of Mexico’s national income after oil revenues.
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Most people could not care less why they are invading our country! We want them out, we want them to stay out! Our government has no right to try and force these border jumpers down our throats! People are starting to despise them and their freeloading
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