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"We strengthened security at the borders so that we could finally stem the tide of illegal immigrants. We put more boots on the ground on the southern border than at any time
in our history. And today, illegal crossings are down nearly 80 percent from their peak in 2000."
President Obama, January 29, 2013
Continuing to Strengthen Border Security
Well, over the past two years we have answered those concerns. Under Secretary Napolitano’s leadership, we have strengthened border security beyond what many believed was possible. They wanted more agents on the border. Well, we now have more boots on the ground on the southwest border than at any time in our history. The Border Patrol has 20,000 agents – more than twice as many as there were in 2004, a build up that began under President Bush and that we have continued.
They wanted a fence. Well, that fence is now basically complete.
And we’ve gone further. We tripled the number of intelligence analysts working the border. I’ve deployed unmanned aerial vehicles to patrol the skies from Texas to California. We’ve forged a partnership with Mexico to fight the transnational criminal organizations that have affected both of our countries. And for the first time we are screening 100 percent of southbound rail shipments – to seize guns and money going south even as we go after drugs coming north.
TEXT: Obama's Speech on Immigration From El Paso, Texas
"We strengthened security at the borders so that we could finally stem the tide of illegal immigrants. We put more boots on the ground on the southern border than at any time in our history. And today, illegal crossings are down nearly 80 percent from their peak in 2000." President Obama, January 29, 2013
originally posted by: mrsdudara
I'm not sure if anyone else saw the other day where the UN chastised our government for referring to these people as illegals. The UN insisted they be referred to as refugees and treated as such. Anyone know what the international law is on how a country is to treat refugees?
originally posted by: Night Star
Cheat sheets have been found where these illegals were told to say they were refugees.
The first step for most refugees is to register with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in the country to which s/he has fled. UNHCR has the mandate to provide international protection to refugees. UNHCR determines if an individual qualifies as a refugee and, if so, works toward the best possible durable solution for each refugee: safe return to the home country, local integration, or third-country resettlement.
Bold of course, mine and I believe we've well exceeded our 5K 'ceiling'.
The FY 2014 ceiling for refugee admissions from Latin America and the Caribbean is 5,000. Of these, the vast majority will be Cubans processed through the in-country program.
Which begs the question that if we were aware of refugees (and most certainly we were aware this was coming) in El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala why was there no "circuit ride" made to these countries before now? Heck, there would have even been safe transportation here for crying out loud. For reference here is a US State Dept. map of the Latin American countries map and one showing we have embassies/consulates in the 3 countries currently in question Embassy List. Of interest may be further reading of Refugee Admission Fact Sheets, the last 3 to be exact.
The Department of Homeland Security/U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (DHS/USCIS) conducts regular refugee adjudication “circuit rides” to Cuba, Ecuador and Costa Rica, and, as needed, to other countries in the region. Transportation to the United States is arranged by the International Organization for Migration (IOM).