What is the one state in the nation that a criminal does not want to go to prison for murder in the first degree? Pretty easy answer, eh? That would be Texas. Texas has become well known over any other state for swift and sure punishment, particularly when it comes to Death Row. It is debatable as to whether or not even in Texas that the death penalty is deployed as often as it could or should be, but the fact remains that Liberals snort and scoff at the reason why, but then again, they have never been a real fan of deterrence as a concept to begin with.
It is a pipe dream to believe that crime could ever be wiped off the face of the earth, but there are several things that states have done that show that crime can certainly be contained. Lenient sentencing, extreme gun control measures and poor enforcement techniques all correlate to higher crime rates. In contrast, definitive punishment, concealed carry laws, increased law enforcement presence and the application of new technology to law enforcement measures yield significantly lower crime rates. Despite study after study that proves this point, liberals insist on applying the same old techniques that just don't work.
"An illegal alien apprehended by the U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency during the last fiscal year had an estimated 84 percent chance of never being prosecuted. Of 447,731 illegal aliens apprehended by the U.S. Border Patrol during fiscal year 2010 (which ended last September), only 73,263 (16.4 percent) were prosecuted, according to the submitted data. That means that 374,468 illegal aliens that were taken into custody (83.6 percent) were never prosecuted."
Those illegal aliens that were taken into custody "had a chance of being home in time for dinner", and are only in custody for a matter of hours, according to Culberson. So not only are we not catching a large percentage of those who do cross the border, but those that are actually caught are released to make yet another attempt to cross the border illegally. It sounds more like a merrygoround than a border.
A wise economics professor of mine in college once told me that every decision we make is an economic decision, that we weigh each decision knowingly or not, using a cost-benefit analysis. The cost of committing a murder in Texas is more likely to mean a trip to Death Row than in any other state and the benefit just might not outweigh that cost with those odds so the criminal will think twice. Given that there is minimal cost to an illegal border entry -- even if one happens to get caught, it is only a free trip back home and a stern "Go and sin no more" slap on the wrist -- and the benefits of coming to America far exceed those costs, is it any wonder that our border is as secure as swiss cheese on a scorching hot day?
Not only is more enforcement needed on the borders, but there have to be penalties to illegal border crossings that reverse the current cost-benefit analysis. The only way that illegal immigration will even start to slow down is to ensure that the cost significantly outweighs a majority of the benefits that America could offer.
That's a pretty tall order.