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Obama Administration’s Immigration Policy Keeps Borders Secure, Prioritizes Most Dangerous Threats

September 12, 2011 at 9:44 P.M.

President Obama has dedicated unprecedented resources to securing our Southwest border and implementing a smart, effective approach to enforcing immigration laws. Despite Republican opposition, he remains committed to fixing our broken immigration system and working to pass comprehensive immigration reform. 

 

REALITY: PRESIDENT OBAMA HAS MADE BORDER SECURITY A PRIORITY, DEPLOYING TROOPS, INCREASING AGENTS, AND EXPANDING UNMANNED DRONE PROGRAM

The Obama Administration Announced The Deployment Of 1,200 National Guard Members To The U.S.-Mexico Border. [FoxNews.com, 7/19/10]

  •  In June, The Obama Administration Extended The Deployment Of National Guard Troops For An Additional Three Months. [Associated Press, 6/17/11]

Between September 2008 And April 2011, Border Patrol Presence On The U.S.-Mexico Border Increased 14 Percent. [PollitiFact, 5/10/11]

In 2010, The Department Of Homeland Security Hired An Additional 439 Agents. [DHS Fiscal Year 2012 Congressional Justification, accessed 9/7/11]

President Obama’s FY 2012 Budget Proposal Called For Funding For An Additional 300 Border Patrol Officers. [Department of Homeland Security Federal Budget Fiscal Year 2012 Request, accessed 9/7/11]

With Delivery Of Second Drone To Texas By End Of 2011, Six Unmanned Drones In Total Will Be Patrolling Southern Border. [Associated Press, 7/13/11]

The Obama Administration Has Increased Seizures Of Illegal Currency, Firearms, And Drugs Crossing The U.S.-Mexico Border Compared To 2008. [The White House, 8/13/10]

 

REALITY: BOTH CRIME ALONG THE BORDER AND NUMBER OF ILLEGAL BORDER CROSSINGS ARE DOWN

Washington Post: “The Border Today Is More Secure Than It Has Been In Years, According To Virtually Every Yardstick Accepted By Republican And Democratic Administrations For Decades. Illegal Crossings, As Measured By Border Patrol Apprehensions, Are At Their Lowest Level In 40 Years, And Rates Of Nearly All Measurable Crimes Are Plummeting In Border Communities.” [Washington Post, 9/8/11]

Apprehensions Of Undocumented Immigrants Have Decreased By 36% From FY 2008, Reflecting A Drop In Attempted Illegal Border Crossings. [Government Accountability Office, 3/30/11]

  • According To U.S. Customs And Border Patrol Commissioner Alan Bersin, Border Patrol Agents Are Catching More Than 90% Of Illegal Border Crossers. [Arizona Daily Star, 9/4/11]

“The Precipitous Decline [In Border Apprehensions] Is The Latest Measure To Suggest Illegal Immigration, Especially From Mexico, Has Fallen Substantially.” [Arizona Daily Star, 9/4/11]

  • Federal Border Officials Note The Decline Is Reflective Of The Success Of A Two-Decade Long Buildup Of Border Agents And Barriers. [Arizona Daily Star, 9/4/11]

Analyzing A Decade Of Crime Data, USA Today Found That The Rate Of Violent Crime Is Falling And Border Cities Are, On Average, Safer Than Other Cities In Their States. [USA Today, 7/18/11]

  • El Paso Chief Of Police: “Some Have Tried To Suggest That El Paso Is A Violent City Just Because Of Its Location. Unfortunately, Some People's Misperceptions Have Become Their Reality.” [USA Today, 7/18/11]
  • Tucson Police Chief: “It's So Distressing And Frustrating To Read About These Reports About Crime Going Up Everywhere Along The Border, When I Know For A Fact That The Numbers Don't Support Those Allegations.” [USA Today, 7/18/11]
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