The collapse of border security.
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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