Saturday, February 06, 2016

Porous border? What, me worry?

I tend to be pro immigrations, but Drudge today is reporting that President Obama is not stopping illegal immigrants from coming in the USA.

The presence of a small coterie of Alquada and ISIS types have everyone's knickers in a knot.

But the real danger is not being reported: That drug gangs are infiltrating even the smallest US towns, bringing drugs and death in their wake.

From the Boston Globe:

religious leaders and parishioners vowed to steer youths toward positive outlets just days after 56 members of the MS-13 gang were indicted on charges of murder, drug-trafficking, and other crimes.

wikipedia article on this gang HERE. 

FBI assessment (2011) on gangs HERE.

Gang Membership and ExpansionbApproximately 1.4 million active street, OMG, and prison gang members, comprising more than 33,000 gangs, are criminally active within all 50 US states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico (see Appendix A).

Gang-related crime and violence continues to rise. NGIC analysis indicates that gang members are responsible for an average of 48 percent of violent crime in most jurisdictions and much higher in others. Some jurisdictions in Arizona, California, Colorado, Illinois, Massachusetts, Oklahoma, and Texas report that gangs are responsible for at least 90 percent of crime.

gangs are an equal opportunity employer, including locals and immigrants, including groups not usually associated with crime, like Asian gangs and of course white upremacist gangs.

but local people are presumably integrated into the local population: The danger is when outsiders come in and recruit new members (I should note that many boys will join simply to stay safe, but get seduced into criminal activity).

which is why the open border is such a worry

 Over the past two years numerous federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies nationwide have reported gang involvement in incidents of alien smuggling. In some instances, gang members were among those being smuggled across the border into the United States following deportation. In other cases, gang members facilitated the movement of migrants across the US-Mexico border.g
Increasing Coordination Between Mexican Drug Cartels, Alien Smuggling Networks, and US-Based Gangs
Federal, state, and local law enforcement officials are observing a growing nexus between the Mexican drug cartels, illegal alien smuggling rings, and US-based gangs. The alien smuggling networks that operate along the Southwest border are unable to move human cargo through drug cartel controlled corridors without paying a fee. The typical Mexican illegal alien now pays approximately $1,200 to $2,500 for entry into the United States. The fee is considerably higher for aliens smuggled from countries other than Mexico, which may even be more alluring for the cartels. It is estimated that criminals earn billions of dollars each year by smuggling aliens through Mexico into the United States.
Source: House Committee on Homeland Security, US Congress

 and the porous border is a major worry:

The Southwest BorderThe US Southwest Border regiono represents a continuing criminal threat to the United States. The rugged, rural, and porous area along the nearly 2,000 miles of contiguous US-Mexican territory invites widespread criminal activity, including drug and arms trafficking, alien smuggling, human trafficking, extortion, kidnapping, and public corruption. US-based gangs, MDTOs, and other criminal enterprises in both the United States and Mexico are readily exploiting this fluid region and incur enormous profit by establishing wide-reaching drug networks; assisting in the smuggling drugs, arms, and illegal immigrants; and serving as enforcers for MDTO interests on the US side of the border.  Violence in Mexico—particularly in its northern border states—has escalated with over 34,000 murders committed in Mexico over the past four years.38 While intensified scrutiny from Mexican law enforcement has forced significant disruptions in several dangerous MDTOs, such disruptions have also served to disrupt the balance of power among these organizations. This has prompted drug cartel rivalries to employ more aggressive tactics as they attempt to assert control over the Southwest border region and its highly lucrative drug trafficking corridors.39 Although the majority of the violence from feuding drug cartels occurs in Mexico,pMexican drug cartel activity has fueled crime in the porous US Southwest Border region, where easy access to weapons, a high demand for drugs, ample opportunity for law enforcement corruption, and a large Hispanic population ripe for recruitment and exploitation exists.40\


update: After posting this, I ran across an article saying Trump noticed the same things. Well, good for him. But the answer is not to stop refugees and people trying to find work, but maybe to screen those entering the country better. I mean, when 80 percent of the "refugees" entering Europe are young men often not from Syria, maybe they aren't really refugees?

In the meanwhile, my son, a Colombian citizen who owns his own business, was refused a visitor visa, because he was at risk for overstaying his visa (and getting a job in the USA).

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