This President has done more to damage the effort to control who comes in and out of the country than any other President in recent history. He canceled the effort to build a security fence, he canceled the development of promising software, which would track non-citizens who came into and out of the country, and through his first term he has deported fewer illegals than any president since Richard Nixon (yes and I will prove it). And in his second term, Obama went beyond his constitutional powers and announce the granting of amnesty for anywhere from 4-6 million illegal aliens.
Let’s start with the fence on our southern border. The last time Obama was given authority to enact a border security bill, he changed it.
The Secure Fence Act was introduced on Sep. 13, 2006 by Rep Peter King (R-NY) and passed Congress on a bi-partisan basis. In the House of Representatives, the Fence Act passed 283 -138 on September 14, 2006. On September 29, 2006, the Fence Act passed in the Senate 80 -19. The Secure Fence Act of 2006’s goal was to help secure America’s borders to decrease illegal entry, drug trafficking, and security threats by building 700 miles of double-layered fencing along the Mexico-United States border. Additionally, the law authorized more vehicle barriers, checkpoints, and lighting as well as empowering the Department of Homeland Security to increase the use of advanced technology such as cameras, satellites, and unmanned aerial vehicles to reinforce infrastructure at the border.
Of the almost 700 miles of fencing, the DHS built 36.3 miles of double-layered fencing as the bill required… the kind with enough gap that you can drive a vehicle between the layers.
The remainder of the 700 miles has been “protected” with vehicle barriers/ single-layer pedestrian fencing, the kind of obstacles that are designed to stop vehicles (but most people can quickly get around).
The design specifications vary, depending on geography and climate characteristics. However, according to the Customs and Border Patrol website at the time, generally they include ‘post on rail’ steel set in concrete; steel picket-style fence set in concrete; vehicle bollards similar to those found around federal buildings; ‘Normandy; vehicle fence consisting of steel beams; and concrete jersey walls with steel mesh.
Barack Obama has ignored what Congress intended. Those vehicle barriers (above) can be easily hopped by any small child or even a bald, overweight blogger. If Obama didn’t build this fence, what makes people believe he will enact any other border security legislation, like the security elements of the Gang of Eight legislation for example?
Then there is the issue of people overstaying their visas. We are in a war against radical Islamists who will use any way possible to sneak into the U.S. to execute a terrorist act.
The man who drove the van containing explosives into the World Trade Center garage in 1993 was a student visa holder who was a no-show at school. The terrorist who flew a plane into the Pentagon also was a visa no-show. People who overstay their visa or come in on a student visa but don’t go to school are a potential threat. Actually, all people who overstay their visas are a potential threat to the life and limb of legal American residents and Citizens.
The fact this visa issue has not been fixed is astounding. Incredibly over a decade ago, a system was developed to screen who comes in and out of the country, but the ACLU-types objected, and the Obama administration canceled it. As explained by Michelle Malkin two years ago:
In the immediate aftermath of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the Bush administration created NSEERS, the National Security Entry-Exit Registration System. Administered and championed by Justice Department constitutional lawyer, immigration enforcement expert and now-Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, NSEERS stopped at least 330 known foreign criminals and three known terrorists who had attempted to come into the country at certain official ports of entry.
NSEERS required higher scrutiny and common-sense registration requirements for individuals from jihad-friendly countries including Afghanistan, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Libya, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, Syria and Yemen, as well as other at-risk countries. The basic components included a more rigorous application process in light of the shoddy visa questionnaires and undetected overstays of the 9/11 hijackers; 30 extra minutes of interviewing at ports of entry; a digital fingerprint check and in-person registration after they arrived in the interior of the country; and verification of departure once they exited.
When the Obama administration took over, he indefinitely suspended the NSEERS pilot program.
Michelle explained that six times over the past 18 years a computer system to track foreigners who come and out of the country has been mandated by Congress, however along with the double fence on our southern border it sits in the trashcan of security legislation passed by Congress and never executed.
And this President says he cares about the security of the American People?
We need to seal our borders and soon, not only the southern border but the northern one also. This is not a matter of keeping out Mexicans or Canadians, its a matter of keeping out terrorists. The United States, on the other hand, has no idea who is coming in, out, or staying in this country.
According to the “social contract” between governments and their populace, the number one job of a government is to protect its citizens. The failure to seal the border issues is a significant failure of our government— both parties. And if (when) there is another 9/11 on our shores the blame will sit squarely on the heads of those Republican and Democratic progressives who ignore the safety of Americans, who compromise on security.
Protecting the borders of this country should be a top domestic issue above everything else, it is part of keeping us safe. Minimum wage, jobs, energy…. none of it matters if some crazy terrorist sneaks into the country and sets off a bomb spreading pieces of your body across the general vicinity of where you formerly stood.