Wednesday, August 24


Edward Hegstrom writes a laudatory piece in today's edition of the "Houston Chronicle" (registration required), extolling the virtues of significantly increased prosecutions year-over-year of illegal immigrants by the U.S. Attorney's Southern District of Texas.

The analysis by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse found a 345 percent increase in immigration-related prosecutions in the U.S. Attorney's Southern District of Texas from fiscal year 2003 to 2004. Of the nearly 17,000 prosecutions in the Southern District of Texas last year, more than 80 percent were for illegal entry, a misdemeanor.

"Texas South is just off the charts," said David Burnham, the co-director of the Syracuse-based research group.

Headquartered in Houston, the Southern District of Texas stretches south to the Rio Grande Valley between Laredo and Brownsville.

The story concludes:

There were 304 immigrants charged with illegal entry in South Texas in 2003, compared with 13,778 in 2004.
That's all well and good, but where's the hard data on deportations and particularly deportations that stick? Securing a misdemeanor conviction is meaningless if the offender isn't deported back to his/her homeland, but instead remains in the United States. We're only getting one part of the equation in this story. And someone tell me: why in an age of terrorism is an illegal breech of the United States' borders only a misdemeanor?

Ironicially, another story on immigration issues in today's edition of the Chronicle by Michael Hedges points to the following:

The focus of Homeland Security managers is on ways to streamline and speed up the process of returning illegal immigrants to their home countries, officials said.

Now, Mexicans apprehended at the border can be immediately sent back home, but most quickly try to cross again, studies found. Non-Mexicans who are caught are given a hearing before removal. An order to be deported can then be appealed.

In recent months, more Mexicans have been demanding a hearing before agreeing to leave the United States.

"They understand that detention centers are full, and they will simply be fingerprinted and let go," Martin said.

So, two stories in the Chronicle fail to specifically describe the haphazard nature of deportation and just dance around the edges of the issue. But they do imply that all is not well on the deportation front.

Well, read this post of mine so you're clear on the fact that the number of "Other Than Mexicans" (OTMs) illegal aliens is growing rapidly and they are seldom if ever deported unless convicted of a serious crime -- a crime other than breeching the border. Instead, they have the run of our country. And, as for Mexican nationals, there are approximately 6+ million in a total illegal immigrant population in the United States exceeding 11 million. That would suggest deportation isn't working with Mexican illegals either.

Fact is, all bets are off with regard to any immigration reform and enhanced border security without securing our borders with troops, first, and then intensifying deportation proceedings, second, so once out, they stay out. But President Bush and the Congress will force-feed amnesty and a big Guest Worker bureaucracy, and the Third World will win. All because Washington is gutless.