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Dumb and dumber border control

26 June 2010

Zap-atismo a la Ayn Rand:

Senate candidate Rand Paul has a lot of new, interesting ideas. On the immigration issue, your average Republican would just mumble something about building a fence at the Mexican border. Not Rand Paul! Paul has come up with his own fence idea. Instead of building one above ground, it will be underground, where the Mexicans won’t expect it. “Oh look, here’s the border, and there’s no fence up. Must be a trick! I bet there’s an invisible fence here. I shall burrow under the ground so I can get into America and steal its public schools. Wait, what’s this?” ZAP! Rand Paul outwitted you, Mexican.

Mexican ass-hat dance:

La Gobernadora Interna of Arizona (she was never elected to the job) has a new, improved rationale for making her state safe for old, dried up white people:

“We all know that the majority of the people that are coming to Arizona and trespassing are now become drug mules,” Gov. Jan Brewer told the Arizona Republic Friday.

“They’re coming across our borders in huge numbers. The drug cartels have taken control of the immigration.”

She added that law enforcement people agreed with her, but has a hard time finding any who do:

A spokesman for the U.S. Border Patrol also downplayed the comments.

“I wouldn’t say that every person that is apprehended is being used as a mule,” Mario Escalante said.

Crime rates in Arizona’s border towns have been flat for the past 10 years, the Arizona Republic reports, even as drug violence in Mexico intensifies.

Border Patrol and the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency were unable to provide data to support or dispute Brewer.

However, the president of the Border Patrol union said that since drug charges carry stiffer penalties, few illegal immigrants trying to find work were willing to take the risk of prison time.

“The majority of people continue to come across in search of work, not to smuggle drugs,” T.J. Bonner said.

About 35 percent of deported immigrants in Arizona have been arrested on charges other than just immigration violations, some of them being narcotics violations, but then again, law enforcement types tend to focus more resources on narcotics than immigration in the first place. Even a majority of 35 percent is less than a majority.

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