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Old 07-09-2014, 02:52 PM   #21
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illegal immigration and the border problems didn't just start a few years ago.
what was Gdubs answer in 8 years to controling the border ???


You mean the anti sex trade bill?

Immigrant Surge Rooted in Law to Curb Child Trafficking

WASHINGTON — It was one of the final pieces of legislation signed into law by President George W. Bush, a measure that passed without controversy, along with a pension bill and another one calling for national parks to be commemorated on quarters.

“This is a piece of legislation we’re very proud to sign,” a White House spokesman, Tony Fratto, told reporters on Dec. 23, 2008, as the president put his pen to the William Wilberforce Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2008, named for a 19th-century British abolitionist. “This program has been very effective around the world in trying to stop trafficking in persons.”

Now the legislation, enacted quietly during the transition to the Obama administration, is at the root of the potentially calamitous flow of unaccompanied minors to the nation’s southern border.

Originally pushed by a bipartisan coalition of lawmakers as well as by evangelical groups to combat sex trafficking, the bill gave substantial new protections to children entering the country alone who were not from Mexico or Canada by prohibiting them from being quickly sent back to their country of origin.

Instead, it required that they be given an opportunity to appear at an immigration hearing and consult with an advocate, and it recommended that they have access to counsel. It also required that they be turned over to the care of the Department of Health and Human Services, and the agency was directed to place the minor “in the least restrictive setting that is in the best interest of the child” and to explore reuniting those children with family members.

The Obama administration says the law is partly responsible for tying its hands in dealing with the current influx of children. Officials have suggested that the White House might seek flexibility in the law’s requirements when it asks Congress to provide emergency funds to contend with the latest immigration crisis, a request that could come as early as Tuesday. About 52,000 minors without their parents have been caught at the Southwest border since October.

“Giving the secretary of homeland security additional authority and discretion that he can use to confront that situation more efficiently, making sure that we are acknowledging the humanitarian issues that are at stake while also enforcing the law, is a priority,” Josh Earnest, the White House press secretary, said Monday. “It’s the priority of this administration, and if you listen to the public comments of Democrats and Republicans, it sounds like it’s a bipartisan priority.”

Senator Dianne Feinstein, the California Democrat who helped write the measure, said the White House does not need new power to act. “That law already provides the administration with flexibility to accelerate the judicial process in times of crisis,” she said. “The administration should use that flexibility to speed up the system while still treating these children humanely, with compassion and respect.”

On Capitol Hill, Democrats said they expected that the administration’s initial request for border money would not push for changes in the trafficking law but that the White House would try to work with relevant congressional committees to eventually win revisions.
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Democrats have shown reluctance to endorse narrow immigration law changes after House Republicans balked at a much more sweeping overhaul and seem hesitant to tinker too much with the William Wilberforce Act.

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You mean the anti sex trade bill?
nope... i'm talking about the human wave that bum rushed the border when bush flapped his gums about giving the already here 8 million , guest worker visa's , with a path to citizenship. the bill failed.

it seems to be a trend for 2 term presidents ...reagan did it , clinton did it , bush tried to do it , now obama ...
]Did you know President Bill Clinton granted amnesty to millions of illegal aliens?

Bush ‘amnesty’ blamed for rise in illegals

The number of illegal aliens being apprehended on the southwestern border has jumped 25 percent in the first three months of 2004 compared with last year, and some are blaming President Bush’s immigration proposal in January for enticing immigrants across the border.
“It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to tell you the president’s speech was the catalyst for lots of folks to make their way north and try to get into this country in order to get what they accurately believe to be amnesty,” said Rep. Tom Tancredo, Colorado Republican and chairman of the House Immigration Reform Caucus.
The increase in apprehensions was driven by a spike within the two Arizona sectors, Yuma and Tucson, which saw increases of 60 percent and 51 percent, respectively.
And if apprehensions are increasing, so is the number of illegal aliens making it across the border freely, said Mr. Tancredo and current and former immigration law-enforcement officials, who said they assume for every one person caught, three make it across safely.
On Jan. 7, Mr. Bush proposed a guest-worker program that would, among other provisions, give perpetual temporary legal status to workers already in the United States. Mr. Bush says his plan doesn’t amount to an amnesty, but Mr. Tancredo said that’s how those in other countries see it.
“The rest of the world knows exactly what he said. A Mexican peasant in Chiapas interpreted it correctly,” he said.
Immigration is cyclical, and apprehensions along the southwestern border typically jump from December to January, when immigrants travel after the Christmas holiday, then remain high through the spring. But this year’s jump was markedly higher.
In the Yuma sector, for example, apprehensions jumped 114 percent from December 2002 to January 2003. But this past year, they jumped 222 percent from December to January.
For the three-month period overall, six of the nine southwestern sectors saw increases when compared with 2003, and three sectors saw decreases, including a 28 percent decrease from 37,297 to 26,999 in the El Centro sector in California.
The jump also has been sustained for the first three months. In Tucson, the busiest sector, 248,645 immigrants were apprehended from Jan. 1 through Wednesday, a 53 percent increase over the same period last year.
Mario Villarreal, spokesman for U.S. Customs and Border Protection in Washington, D.C., didn’t return a call for comment on the numbers.
Others, though, said economic factors are more important in drawing immigrants than the president’s proposal.
“The word may very well be around that you ought to try to get into the country because something may happen,” said Doris Meissner, former commissioner of the defunct Immigration and Naturalization Service. “But that being said, the reasons for migration and the underlying economic factors that fuel it are much more fundamental and enduring than that kind of word.
“It is really a response not only to workers that are available in Mexico that are looking for better wages, but because of the demand in the United States,” said Mrs. Meissner, who is now at the D.C.-based Migration Policy Institute.
She said the news that U.S. employers added more than 300,000 jobs in March matters more than the president’s proposal.
And Nestor Rodriguez, a professor and co-director of the Center for Immigration Research at the University of Houston, said attributing the jump to the president’s policy “gives too much credit to the media in Latin America and Mexico.”
Mr. Rodriguez said he monitors Mexican radio and gets newspapers from the region and hasn’t seen very much coverage of Mr. Bush’s announcement.
“I will say most people don’t know about the Bush plan,” he said.
Mrs. Meissner also disputed the assumption that for every one person apprehended, another three make it through, calling it “purely Border Patrol lore.”
Earlier this year, Border Patrol agents were asking those they apprehended about whether the Bush proposal had prompted them to come, and after the agents reported that it was a factor, they were told not to ask anymore.
But even then, TJ Bonner, president of the National Border Patrol Council, said, “People were coming up to our agents and saying, ‘Where do we sign up for that guest-worker program, or that amnesty?’”
“Word travels like wildfire down there,” he said.
Several people said another reason for the spike in apprehensions could be increased enforcement along the Arizona border. More agents and better technology means more apprehensions in the short term, and then the number drops over time as immigrants test other areas along the border instead.
In mid-March the Department of Homeland Security announced new resources to patrol the Arizona border, including 60 temporary search-and-rescue agents, 200 permanent agents, $4 million for use of unmanned aerial vehicles, and $1 million in new sensors to detect illegal aliens crossing.
“What happens is, yes, you have this increased fortification in an area, and it definitely results in a higher apprehensions,” said Kathleen Walker, an immigration lawyer in Texas and member of the national executive council of the American Immigration Lawyers Association.
“The current expectation is we have a soft spot [in Texas] in the Del Rio-Presidio area,” she said. “That’s supposed to be another site now where we’re expecting higher numbers of people moving from the Arizona area.”

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Cleveland wants LeBron James? Nah, they can the Republicans.
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