• July 25, 2016

Texas lawmakers: Is beefed-up border security worth it?

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  • Eliza posted at 12:20 pm on Thu, Jul 31, 2014.

    Eliza Posts: 1066

    The 'kids' who arrived in my country illegally, may have been given forms to fill out-However, when they stepped foot into the country, which they would have had to do to receive a form, they were in the U.S. Illegally.

    Of the 'kids' only 20% of the Thousands that have arrived so far would be considered kids ,as in being under the age of 12.
    All the rest of the recent Illegals are older teen or adult men and women.

    If they were of any race or nationality ,the feeling would be the same as is being shown by the citizens of the country. People who sneak into the country as Illegals are unwelcome-
    It is Unfair to the people who are willing to apply and come into the country Legally.

  • markgood posted at 9:56 am on Thu, Jul 31, 2014.

    markgood Posts: 2

    Why are you calling these kids "illegals?" They are following US law in crossing the border and asking for asylum. According to US law, they cannot be immediately deported.

    Why would Texas want to waste all this money on national guard soldiers who will not be able to do anything about these kids. And what about the jobs that are being vacated by these soldiers? Isn't that bad for the Texas economy?

  • markgood posted at 9:52 am on Thu, Jul 31, 2014.

    markgood Posts: 2

    The kids haven't actually broken any law. After they cross the border, they immediately surrender to a border patrol agent and ask for asylum. The agent gives them a form I-94 and allows them to remain in the U.S. pending a court hearing. All of that is legal.

    Many thousands of asylum seekers from all over the world fly to Mexico and come across the border that way every week. Many come from Africa, Europe, and Asia.
    About 30,000 per year actually get citizenship that way.

    Why are you calling them "illegals?" Is it because they are Hispanic and you are confusing them with the adults from Mexico who come looking for work?

  • Eliza posted at 6:10 am on Thu, Jul 31, 2014.

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  • Eliza posted at 6:09 am on Thu, Jul 31, 2014.

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  • Alvin posted at 9:36 pm on Wed, Jul 30, 2014.

    Alvin Posts: 846

    Well it seems that I've been mistaken, Instead of making the bill 2008 TVPRA better, it seems that the actions of our Senator has seen fit to make it more cumbersome by adding another layer to the quagmire. But now I find that Texas Representative Louie Gohmert has seen fit to draft legislation to 'process and deport illegal immigrants quickly'. Maybe we will have an end to this fiasco that has continued the last 35 years.

  • Ihavecommonsense posted at 11:42 am on Wed, Jul 30, 2014.

    Ihavecommonsense Posts: 62

    What words are common sense coming from the Democrat State lawmakers? I guess like the movie Hocus Pocus. They are saying "Its Just a bunch of Hocus Pocus." Its just kids coming across thats all! Why even is this article front page worthy?

  • Alvin posted at 10:27 am on Wed, Jul 30, 2014.

    Alvin Posts: 846

    To me, it's not a question of the 'little children' will pose a threat to National Security, but rather that the 'little children' BROKE THE LAW, OUR LAW and therefor are not eligible for entrance into the United States. Governor Perry's announcement that he was deploying 1,000 National Guard troops to the border was, in, my opinion, justified in his announcement and my question is – 'why did it take so long?' I personally feel that this move should have been taken years ago. What is the hold up on the vote to declare the 2008 TVPRA law 'null and void?'
    To the members of the Democratic State Assembly I would say, It's not a question of budgetary impact, but rather 'the chances of the little children growing up to be card carrying members of gangs'. Is that what you want for Texas???? And as when will you know when you think that the money spent has been worth it, you will know when 'the little children' haven't been allowed to grow up cunsumming the resources of the State of Texas, AKA 'all forms of immigrants sneaking into the U.S. benefit dangerous smuggling gangs.' Copy: “Kids aren’t criminals, but they’re being moved across by criminals — and those criminals are the cartels,” McCraw told the committee, saying smugglers collect at least between $1,000 and $2,000 per child they help reach U.S. soil.
    “Can the border be secured? Absolutely,” he said. “It’s not rocket science; it’s math. ... You can secure it with sufficient numbers.” End of Copy.
    If the 2008 TVPRA Law is the deterrent then push Congress to end that law. If the law is repealed, then what I've countered as a way of eliminating this present 'surge' would be to;
    1.Close the Border between Mexico and the United States
    2.Catch 'ALL' illegal immigrants crossing over from Mexico into the United States.
    3.Feed them a good meal.
    4.Find the closest bridge and return the illegal immigrant stating 'They've crossed from your country, it's your problem'. Let Mexico 'tend to their state of well being or 'close the border'.
    Texas has vast areas where the 'wall is not the deterrent it's cracked up to be. Texas has areas where the fence does not exist and where it does the illegals can step across it.
    And what about the other states namely New Mexico, Arizona, and California? What are they doing about the 'illegal crisis'? Apparently nothing.
    Copy: “That’s a question of when you want to leave the battlefield,” the governor said. “We’re going to spend whatever we need in the state of Texas to protect our citizens. That’s what we expect, and that’s what we will do.” End of copy.
    It's about 35 years too late, but it's a start to making corrections to the problem of illegal immigrants and stemming the flow.
    Now as I've said repeatedly, I don't have a thing in the world against 'Legal, bonafied immigrants' who desire to come to this country, but in the same token, there has to be restraints, as to the number of immigrants wishing to enter this country. The present numbers aren't getting it. The number of illegal immigrants entering this country isn't getting it. The fact that with the overwhelming numbers of illegal immigrants who enter this country and want everything the same as their old country, such as;
    1.Not learning English.
    2.Wanting to have a drivers license, with the instructions being printed in their Native Tongue.
    3.Wanting to have 'other' forms, such as Welfare, Social Assistance, etc. printed in their Native Tongue.
    4.And so on and so on and so on.
    This country became the place to be, but it's not anymore what with everyone wanting a spot on the teat of the United States. It's becoming 'The country that used to be'.

  • Proud Mother of an Army Avi8er posted at 8:09 am on Wed, Jul 30, 2014.

    Proud Mother of an Army Avi8er Posts: 342

    What is Texas loosing and will loose if the borders are not protected properly?
    Why isn't the Federal Government paying the cost?
    ILLEGALS enter our borders and will travel to every state...this is an issue for the USA not just TEXAS.

    Plain and simple...Illegals should be sent back to their countries!

    WE THE PEOPLE should not have the burden of taking care of them...we can barely take care of ourselves.