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February 20, 2014

FULTZ: U.S. isn't enforcing its immigration system

The subject of illegal immigration is one that keeps coming up. Most everybody from local letter writers to the president of the United States (questionably legal himself), propose that our immigration system is broken and must be fixed, reformed, and some say, completely eliminated.

Many claim that 11 million-plus that are estimated to be in the U.S. presently came here only to seek a better life for their families. In fact, many entered illegally with bundles of drugs on their backs or are involved with the distribution of those drugs. Many have made large sums of money assisting other illegals to assimilate into the population of immigrants who have come to the U.S. legally.

This writing has nothing to do with those legal immigrants. The U.S. welcomes thousands and thousands of legal immigrants yearly. This writing only addresses the assumption that our immigration system is broken. It is not broken. It is only not enforced. Millions of dollars have been appropriated to build more fencing along our southern border, attempting to funnel those wanting to immigrate through the proper channels.

What happened to that money? It didn’t get spent on fencing. System is not broken, it’s only not enforced. Money was appropriated to add at least 2,000 more border enforcement agents. But, those agents were thought to be more effective someplace other than the border. Where? System is not broken, it’s only not enforced.

Millions of illegals had been arrested and were being held awaiting deportation to their home countries. But an order came down from on high to release those illegals and for ICE agents to stop arresting any more immigrants found to be here illegally. In other words, Immigration & Customs Enforcement agents were told to “Stop doing their jobs.” System is not broken, it’s only not enforced.

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