Retired Border Patrol Agent Says Government Lacks the Will, Not the Ability to Deal with Illegal Immigration

FAIR has long argued that we should deport illegal aliens when they are apprehended, while discouraging the rest from remaining through consistent enforcement of our immigration laws. Retired Border Patrol Agent Gary Fossen writes on the Oregonians for Immigration Reform website that the capacity to deport significantly more illegal aliens exists. What is lacking is the political will.

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Ira joined the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) in 1986 with experience as a journalist, professor of journalism, special assistant to Gov. Richard Lamm (Colorado), and press secretary of the House Defense Appropriations Subcommittee. His columns have appeared in National Review, LA Times, NY Times, Washington Post, Newsweek, and more. He is an experienced TV and radio commentator.


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    Take 5000 Border Patrol Personnel And create an Interior Immigration Enforcement Service with the same powers of arrest with out warrant that we all had, with the power to question anyone as to their right to reside, remain or pass thru the USA and I guarantee that over 50% of the illegal immigrtion problem would come to a screeching halt.
    Put 50 officers in each state with corresponding transportation and I think we’d get rid of a lot of “Undocumented
    Another thing that we should do is a change the law regarding Family Preferences. Eliminate 2nd Preference totally!
    The ability to bring someone to the USA as an inmigrant should be only by a USC. This would have some very good consequences, such as, not so many ethnic enclaves where you no longer hear English spoken, and a greater
    desire to become a citizen earlier. Those Immigrant numbers could be given to the USC children numbers which are very oversubscribed and constitute a large percentage of our illegal immigrant alien population which are here.
    The third thing that we should do is revise Section 249 of 8CFR to bring the date into line with the 10 year ability to
    request a deportation hearing in front of a Immigration Judge which ha clogged the court system to a nearly 3 year
    wait to get to a decision for these types of cases.
    All three things need to be done. I am a retired Immigration Officer. I entered on duty 10/15/1956 and retired the first time in 1979. I was called back for the Amnesty program and worked in Los Angeles for another 30 months.
    We, my wife and I, came to Chandler, AZ, and I worked in the Phoenix D.O as an adjudicater processing Citizenship
    application almost another 4 yrs, and I think the above changes would be very helpful for our naation.

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    Joel E. Wischkaemper on

    What is lacking is the political will.

    What is lacking is the political will to back the American People. I cannot believe the Democratic Party likes the American People in the present circumstances.

    Look at the Democratic Party today, and if you don’t ask, you should ask, which law is it the Democratic Party won’t support next time? I no longer feel, at all, that it is to far off to ask which laws have they ignored at this point that we have not caught, and will only catch much later?

    I do not believe the Democratic Party like the American People. I also don’t thing George Bush like the American People.. he merely coped with us while he drove to his goals.