For years, people have been saying it is not possible to curb illegal immigration, and that we just have to find a way to bring those who enter the country illegally into the fold. I’ve never bought that argument. It now looks like it is indeed possible to enforce the immigration laws of our country:
As the Border Patrol has ramped up staffing and erected dozens of miles of fencing and vehicle barriers along the Mexican border, the number of illegal aliens caught in the El Paso sector has shrunk from 122,000 in fiscal year 2006 to 75,000 in fiscal year 2007 to 30,000 in fiscal 2008, Border Patrol spokesman Ramiro Cordero said.
Other factors deterring illegal crossings are the economic slump in the United States, which has reduced employment opportunities, and a zero-tolerance policy under which nearly all illegal aliens who are caught are prosecuted in federal court. In the past, the vast majority of Mexican illegal immigrants were simply returned to their home country.
As the son of a Hispanic immigrant, I’m all for immigration. But, it has to be legal immigration. Right now, this topic is taking a backseat to the economy, but when it comes back around remember, that it is possible to enforce our laws.