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The collapse of border security.

President Obama took it upon himselfto dissolve the southern border of the United States (it's a different matter on the 49th parallel, as Canadians or tourists bearing Kinder eggs well know). So, if there is no southern border de jure, where is it de facto? Try Massachusetts:

   DARTMOUTH, Mass.--Bristol
   County Sheriff Tom Hodgson said
   Monday that he's dealing with
   a problem in Dartmouth that
   shouldn't be his responsibility.

      It's not a new theme for him. He's
   sounded the alarm about illegal
   immigrants before, but now he says
   it's getting closer and closer to home.

      Illegal immigrants come across the
   border in the American Southwest.
   When they are detained, the wave
   of humanity has overwhelmed local
   capacity. The illegal immigrants
   are being sent all over the country,
   including Massachusetts.

      "We're all becoming border states
   Now ... We know there are going to be
   more coming here from Texas. We've
   already got two groups coming off
   the planes here," Hodgson said.

More from NECN:

   Immigration and Customs Enforcement,
   or ICE, has admitted that
   since April, four planes transported
   undocumented immigrants to
   detention centers in Massachusetts.

The federal government does not bother to inform the states on whom it's dumping these "children", many with diseases unseen in decades. The President has appointed himself Coyote-in-Chief, express-tracking illegal immigrants from the shores of the Rio Grande deep into the country--until, as Sheriff Hodgson says, we are all border states. My own informal impression--going by the Spanish you hear from conversing chambermaids in hotel corridors, the names in the local paper's police blotter, the budget issues facing school boards from a sudden influx of "diversity"--is that the parallel Latino sub-culture is well-established in northern Massachusetts and quite a long way up I-87 to upstate New York. So the fast-shrinking gap between the northern border and the southern border is about two hours.

There's quite a lot about the armies of the Undocumented in After America, personally autographed copies of which are exclusively available from the SteynOnline bookstore and go to support my pushback against the litigious climate mullah Michael E Mann, he pleads pitifully. Anyway, here's a taste from page 244:

   The left was smarter than the right:
   The business class told itself it was
   importing hardworking families
   who just want a shot at the American
   Dream. But welfare mocks the
   Ellis Island virtues, upending them
   as easily as the shattered Statue of
   Liberty Charlton Heston stumbled
   across in the sands of a ruined
   planet. In an America with ever
   bigger government and ever poorer
   people, the dependency rationale for
   illegal immigration will win out over
   the business rationale.

I'll stand by that. These days, no First World nation needs mass immigration. But America is the only western country that actively chases away high-skilled immigrants in order to prioritize the mass importation of illegal, unskilled labor in numbers impossible to assimilate even if the multiculti crowd were minded to do so. Here's another basic rule: Culture trumps economics. From page 245 of After America:

   Seventy per cent of births at the San
   Joaquin General Hospital in Stockton,
   California are the so-called
   "anchor babies" born to illegals. In
   related news, by 2010 Stockton had a
   deficit of $25 million. Same thing at
   Dallas General: Seventy per cent of
   newborns are "anchor babies". Seven
   out of ten isn't any kind of "minority";
   it's the dominant culture of
   America's tomorrow.

By the way, for all those Chamber of Commerce Republicans, once Texas tips into the purple-state category, never mind goes full blue like Nixon and Reagan's California did in the space of little more than a generation, what conceivable electoral-college math will ever add up to a GOP President ever again?

As for "racist" Arizona, the majority of its schoolchildren are already Hispanic. So, even if you sealed the border today, the state's future is as an Hispanic society: That's a given. Maybe it'll all work out swell. The citizenry never voted for it, but they got it anyway. Because all the smart guys bemoaning the irrational bigots knew what was best for them.

Five years ago, I was parked on the shoulder of the road making a cellphone call about arrangements for a family funeral when an officer pulled up and told me I wasn't allowed to telephone in that particular area. I was just about to burst out laughing when I noticed he was a US Border Patrol officer. And we were some considerable distance from the border. So I asked him what on earth it had to do with him. And he informed me that the Border Patrol had jurisdiction within 100 miles of the border. This sounded too stupid to be true, especially in a country on supposed Orange Alert that millions of illegal aliens have strolled into with apparent ease. But I checked when I got home, and he was right: post-9/11, the "border" has been redefined to mean anywhere within 100 miles of the actual frontier. In other words, the US border zone is wider than many European countries. A hundred-mile buffer zone from Belgium's northern border, for example, would be well south of the southern border and deep into France. But, between the seacoast and the Quebec border, the whole of my own state of New Hampshire now falls within the jurisdiction of the Border Patrol.

So does Three Points, Arizona. Clarisa Christiansen and her two children were driving from their grade school when, two miles from their home, they were pulled over by Border Patrol agents. The border is some 40 miles south. The encounter was somewhat more dramatic than mine:

   Ms. Christiansen then stated that
   if there was no reason for stopping
   her that she would be on her way,
   and wished the agent a good day.
   The agent told her, "You're not going
   anywhere." That agent then said to
   the other agents, "This one is being
   difficult, get the Taser." The agent
   opened the driver's side door and
   demanded that she exit. Ms. Christiansen,
   now fearing for her safety
   and that of her children, refused.
   Ms. Christiansen's children became
   upset; her daughter asked, "Mommy
   what's going on?" Ms. Christiansen
   told the children to stay calm and
   sit still, but she could see they were
   confused and afraid.

      The agent then approached Ms.
   Christiansen with a retractable knife
   and threatened to cut her out of her
   seatbelt if she didn't exit the vehicle.
   Ms. Christiansen repeated her
   demand for an explanation, which
   the agents still refused to give her.
   Instead, the agent forcibly reached
   inside Ms. Christiansen's vehicle
   without her consent and removed
   the keys from the ignition.

      Ms. Christiansen had no choice
   but to exit the vehicle. She presented
   her identification. The agents ran
   a background check, gave her back
   her driver's license, returned to their
   vehicle without saying anything, and
   drove away. The entire stop lasted
   approximately 35 minutes. At that
   point, Ms. Christiansen noticed that
   her rear tire had been punctured ...

The US Border Patrol can't police the US border, but they can police you. Frankly, it's a lot easier.

I wish Ms Christiansen good luck with her case, but one notes that the Supreme Court has dramatically circumscribed protections against unreasonable search and seizure when it occurs at America's border, and, given that the border's now 100 miles wide, that means Three Points is a Fourth Amendment-free zone. In stories like these, Washington is telling you how it's going to go when things get even worse.

In London David Cameron shuffled his ministry today. I used to follow these things fairly closely--the to-ing and fro-ing from Downing Street, etc. But it's a bit of a shock to realize how, after 17 years of modish New Labour and whatever this crowd purport to be, I barely recognize any of the great offices of state--"Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change"? "Senior Minister of State for Faith and Communities"? "Minister for Equalities"? What do these guys do all day?

The Prime Minister helpfully Tweets:

   Nick Boles is Minister of State for
   the Business & Education depts.
   Part of his brief will be equal marriage
   implementation. #Reshuffle

That's a job now, is it? Given the paedo-fever sweeping the land, I'm only mildly surprised Cameron hasn't appointed a Secretary of State for Paedophilia.

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