The following are my responses to some quotes taken from Richard Virgin’s critique ("Immigrants in need of assistance," May 26) of my guest column (Border must be made secure," May 12).
- “The number of illegal aliens getting into the country has not significantly increased. (Mooth) is correct that the number of people attempting to enter has increased, but very few are getting in.”
U.S. Border Patrol southwest border apprehensions according to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection website:
(Totals shown below are as of April, the seventh month of the Border Patrol’s Oct. to Sep. fiscal year):
Unaccompanied Alien Child: FY 2018 = 25,925; FY 2019 = 44,779, Increasing 72.7% over FY 2018
Family Units: FY 2018 = 49,621; FY 2019 = 248,197, Increasing 400% over FY 2018
Single Adult: FY 2019 = 167,318
Total: FY 2018 = 211,842; FY 2019 = 460,294, Increasing 117% over FY 2018
Clearly, the above data, and other data at this website, shows the extent of the known increase in illegals entering on the southern border. Those increases are significant. The increases would be even more significant if we knew how many illegals escaped apprehension.
- “Very few are sneaking across the border.”
From the same source: “In Fiscal Year (FY) 2018, a total of 396,579 individuals were apprehended between ports of entry on our Southwest Border. In FY 2017, USBP apprehended 303,916 individuals along our Southwest Border.”
From the same source: “In April, 98,977 people were apprehended between ports of entry on the Southwest Border, compared with 92,831 in the month of March and 66,883 in February. In FY18, a total of 396,579 individuals were apprehended between ports of entry on our Southwest Border.” The total for those three months of FY 2019 is 258,691, or 65% of the 12-month FY2018 total.
- “Immigration officials and people living along the southern border do not support the notion of a wall”
Current Border Patrol leaders, as well as those from the Obama years, definitely see additional walls, improved technology, and more boots on the ground, as facilitating the control of illegals crossing between entry points.
From “Walls Work, Historic successes point the way toward barriers for the future,” by John Davis:
“Wall, agents and technology have since proven most effective when used in the right combination to improve border security.”
Davis quotes Chief Patrol Agent Rodney Scott, “We have proven that a wall system – that actually has impedance and denial, physical barriers, combined with access roads so agents can move east and west, laterally along the border, and the latest technology and personnel – can secure the border,”
- “The notion that Democrats want to throw open the borders to everyone is a scare tactic myth of the Republicans.”
Indeed, many Democrat leaders want open borders. For example, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and her leadership group, said that there is no crisis at the southern border. A number of those Democrats in the running for their party’s presidential nomination have said that the borders should be open.
Not one Democrat has given a number for the upper limit of illegals in the U.S. Considering that there are billions of poor people around the world who live under economic, political, and religious dictatorships, we have three options.
First, continue the legislative impasse, thus assuring open borders. The United States would eventually become unmanageable, even dangerous as we fight for limited resources. There would be little compassion under these circumstances.
Second, remake the economic, political, and social structures of these countries so that their citizens wouldn’t feel the need to come here. This restructuring is unlikely to happen.
Third, create a controlled entry process that meets U.S. needs. Those allowed to enter would be a mix of those with desired skills and those who are unskilled. This level of compassion is doable if the Democrats can set aside their impeachment fantasies and work with President Trump.