“This current administration has done everything in its power to sabotage immigration law,” _ Just another Republican LIE!
Quite honestly, this is a game of reverse psychology. Republicans say the President hasn’t done enough to justify spending more. Here are 6 things your should know about border enforcement. Unbelievable story – well worth the read.
1. Deportations Are At Historic Highs- The Obama administration has deported a record number of undocumented immigrants, which has angered immigrants rights’ activists who argue that the rise in deportations has impacted families of those deported.
2. Apprehensions Are At An All-Time Low- At its peak, U.S. Border Patrol data show that apprehensions of undocumented immigrants nationwide and along the Southwest border routinely topped 1 million. In FY 2012, the Border Patrol apprehended 364,768 individuals nationwide.
3. There Are Record Numbers of U.S. Border Patrol Agents- Since FY 2001, the U.S. Border Patrol has steadily increased its number of agents from 9,821 agents nationwide — the bulk of whom (93 percent) were stationed on the Southwestern border — to more than double today at 21,395 agents.
4. There Are Record Numbers of ICE Agents- According to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement data provided to the Immigration Policy Center*, there is a record number of ICE agents in the field tasked with enforcement and removal operations. As of FY 2012, there are about 6,338 agents in the Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) division, which is double the number the program had in 2003 at 2,710.
5. Spending On Border Enforcement Has Doubled- The total budgets for CBP and ICE have doubled in the decade since the inception of the Homeland Security Department in 2002, with CBP’s budget totaling about $11.7 million in FY 2012. The budgets for CBP and ICE have increased to such a degree that they now comprise 31 percent of DHS’ total spending in FY 2013.
6. Fence On U.S.-Mexico Border Stretches 650 Miles- The U.S. border with Mexico stretches 1,954 miles from California to Texas. The “length of the land border is 675 miles, while the length of the border along the Colorado River and Rio Grande is 1,279 miles. The bulk of the fencing on the U.S.-Mexico border is situated on land, with California, Arizona, and New Mexico almost completely fenced off.
Senate Immigration Reform Bill Militarizes Border In Afghanistan-Style Surge- Sens. Bob Corker (R-TN) and John Hoeven (R-ND) — on CNN on June 25, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) said the bill would turn the Southwestern border into the “the most militarized border since the fall of the Berlin Wall”. In addition to fortifying the border in each sector between ports of entry, the amendment provides for the following:
1) Adds Another 17,000 Border Patrol Agents
2) Calls For No Less Than 700 Miles Of Fencing
3) Fortifies Border Surveillance
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