Los Angeles Valley College
Political Science 001 - American Government
Spring 2007 - Revised May 2007
way to determine if those who come here understand our laws, appreciate our history, adhere to our ethical standards or may present a threat to US security.
Those who assist illegal border crossers, particularly those who do so for money rather than out of compassion, constitute a sophisticated, well organized and extensive network that is ready-made for the infiltration of terrorists. Since this network is illegal, profit-only motivated and has no particular loyalty to any country, they easily can be used by terrorists to infiltrate into the United States.
The culture of our diverse illegal community allows those who have crossed our borders to find aid and comfort among co-religionists and compatible ethnic groups. Once here they can disappear into the community and remain hidden from US legal authorities. Several cities - notably Chicago, San Francisco and Seattle -have declared themselves 'Sanctuary Cities' and Cardinal Mahoney and other church leaders regularly assist 'illegals' to remain hidden.
The desperation of under-qualified and language deficient border-crossers promotes further illegal activity. Aside from the use of forged and stolen documents, aliases and false addresses the unemployable, already on the wrong side of the law, are often tempted or coerced into criminal activities. Because of
their illegal status and their fear of exposure, they are at the very least, unwilling to inform authorities of terrorist suspects in their neighborhoods.
Proposals on better ways to protect our borders: The concurrent bills that moved through Congress during the summer and fall of 2006 had one thing in common – they both emphasize that something had to be done and soon. With the 'mid-term' elections in the offing both houses of Congress rushed through bills that satisfied no one completely and appeared to have little or no impact on the outcome of the election. The law passed in October 2006 offers three ways to shore up our immigration system. The new law has three components:
More border patrol agents - 1,000 added to the already agreed increase of 2,000. Ultimately the strength of the Border patrol will be 18,000.
More ‘state-of-the art’ equipment – in particular, aircraft, ‘Predator’ unmanned surveillance vehicles, communications systems and sensors.
Low tech and high tech ‘barriers’ to be put into place to restrict the infiltration of border-crossers.
The low tech barrier currently under construction will consist of 370 miles of parallel rows of reinforced fencing 12-15 feet high, 30-50 feet apart along critical areas of prior infiltration. The eventual cost of the barrier is expected to be several billion dollars in construction materials and labor. An additional 200 miles of vehicle barriers are being put in place to block narrow infiltration routes there by making border crossing more difficult and channeling infiltrators through more easily patrolled areas.