On July 11, 2012 Fox News ran a disturbing news concerning the plans of the Obama administration to close nine U.S. Border Patrol Stations in four states.
According to the Fox News article these are the locations of the Border Patrol stations that are on the chopping block:
Texas: Lubbock, Amarillo, Dallas, San Angelo, Abilene and San Antonio. Idaho: Twin Falls Montana: Billings California: Riverside
This action would serve to leave our borders less secure at a time when our nation is being challenged by the threats posed by transnational gangs, drug trafficking cartels located in Mexico and other countries, and the threats posed by international terrorist organizations- a number of which have established training camps in the Tri-Border region of Brazil. It is also important to consider disturbing news report that appeared in the Washington Times roughly two years ago that was entitled, “Iran Boosts Qods Shock Troops in Venezuela.” This basis for that news report was a Pentagon report issued in April 2010 that was entitled: “Unclassified Military Report on Military Power of Iran.”
The Washington Times article states that:
“The report gives no details on the activities of the Iranians in Venezuela and Latin America. Iranian-backed terrorists have conducted few attacks in the region. However, U.S. intelligence officials say Qods operatives are developing networks of terrorists in the region who could be called to attack the United States in the event of a conflict over Iran’s nuclear program.”
Since those reports were published, concerns about a potential confrontation between Iran and the United States have only become more acute as Iran continues to move forward with its nuclear program and threatening military action against the United States if it attacked by the United States or its ally, Israel.
If ever our borders should be made more secure, the administration is moving to reduce border security on the one hand and then to provide employment authorization to potentially millions of illegal aliens, whose true identities are unknown and unknowable, creating additional national security vulnerabilities in a particularly perilous era.
Failures to enforce immigration laws from within the interior of the United States is the functional (dysfunctional?) equivalent of having a baseball team order its outfielders remain in the dugout when they should be playing defense. This would enable the opposing team to easily score “in the park” home runs if they could just hit the ball over the infielder’s heads! This would certainly not make any sense for a baseball team manager and makes even less sense for our “Commander-in Chief” who bears the legal and moral obligation to protect our nation and our citizens!
Of course by reducing the number of Border Patrol stations, it is likely that more illegal aliens will succeed in evading the Border Patrol and the critically important inspections process that is supposed to prevent the entry of aliens into the United States whose presence would be. This will likely cause arrest statistics to drop giving the administration the opportunity to falsely claim that arrests are down because our borders are under control so there is no longer an immigration crisis. It should not surprise anyone that this will then be used by the administration to disingenuously claim that we don't need to secure our borders or enforce our immigration laws — laws that have two critically important goals, protecting American lives and protecting American jobs.