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The Merrygoround Borders

By Kay Daly

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.

Rep. John Culberson (R-TX) provided some eye-opening statistics in a Homeland Security hearing yesterday that should be a wake up call.  The report said the following: 

             "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.

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  1. CharlieComment by vietnamvet
    March 18, 2011 @ 1:29 pm

    Allow them to immigrate a little at a time.
    When apprehended for the second time, cut off a finger and send him home to Mexico without it.
    If he shows up again, take another finger.

    Find how much of himself he wants to have permanently located in this country.

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  2. RWComment by RW
    March 18, 2011 @ 2:02 pm

    Boyoboy, cost-benefit…how about we just make it not a good cost benefit equation for people to come over in the first place? Up until a few years ago, maybe two, Cuba was cut off from being sent Yankee dollars. Prior to that, Cuban Americans were allowed to send a maximum $100 per man, woman and child in that Cuban American family, to Cuba. That money was spent in special stores for critical goods, like food, and clothing. They were called Dollar Stores. Then Mr. Bush stopped it, and the economic crunch became more critical. Fidel was close to buckling, then Obama opened the law back up.
    Right now, Mexicans send literally billions of dollars back to Mexico every year. Using Western Union and several Mexican held wire companies, our country is being seriously bled by illegal workers who send money home, keeping just enough to survive here, and the rest of what they need being provided by food stamps, welfare and Medicaid/Medical.
    I saw with my own eyes, not too long ago, a young woman, who spoke zero English, with $2,800, forking it over to the Western Union rep in the grocery store. Destination? Aguacaliente, Mexico! The man behind her, stepped in to help because he DID speak some English. The woman was served, HE stepped up, and had $5,000 to be sent to Ixtapa, Mexico. To my knowledge, these places aren’t terribly affected by the violent drug wars that are going on at the borders. How many times every day is this played out?
    Back when I owned a radio brokerage biz, I had contact with a group of American Mexicans who wanted to buy AM stations in areas where there is a well known population of Mexicans, illegal and legal. WHY? They had the idea to connect those stations with their wire service, so Mexicans could be served by other Mexicans in sending their money back to Mexico. According to this group, the amount of money to be had in this money wiring biz is phenomenal.
    We should take a page out of the Bush playbook and not allow ANY money to be sent back to Mexico. Sure, they want to work, and we can’t seem to catch ‘em, then make it so that  they can’t send the wages back!
    Where I live, 9 years ago, during the construction boom, our streets were crawling with Hispanics, businesses popped up to serve only them. Then the crash came, every one of those Hispanic businesses closed up shop, and now you’d be hard pressed to find many people who are obviously Hispanic, non-Americans who speak no English. The two mentioned above were striking because, well, when the work disappeared, so did most of their compadres.
    Don’t let ‘em send money back and I daresay a great deal of our illegal immigrant problems will resolve almost immediately.

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    • wallybluComment by wallyblu
      March 18, 2011 @ 2:28 pm

      How about we tell Western Union ( and any other like money transferers) they can wire all the money they want to Mexico but all charges will be taxed at 100%.

      Now we also establish an excise charge of 100% on the transfer.

      Now we will have to increase border control because they will be trying to take cash across the border, so we will confiscate all cash we find.

      Take out the profit the business stops.

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