Another administration initiative to weaken enforcement

The administration has just relaxed the controls for Mexicans entering the United States with a Border Crossing Card (BCC). The cards – rather than visas – have long been used to allow Mexicans cross border visits for short periods within 25 miles of the border. For example, they could be used for a shopping trip into El Paso, Texas, which abuts the border. But they could not travel to Las Cruces, New Mexico because that is about 45 miles from the border.
The administration has now changed the rules so that Mexicans can use the BCC to travel up to 55 miles within New Mexico.

Not only does that mean that they can now go shopping in Las Cruces, it also means that they have access to interstate highway 10 leading from Las Cruces to Los Angeles and interstate highway 25 leading from Las Cruces to Denver and into the heartland of the country. In addition it means that those travelers will have by-passed secondary inspection by the Border Patrol that is set up between the border and Las Cruces to apprehend illegal alien who have gotten into the country as well as those with BCCs who are violating the terms of the card to look for work and stay illegally in the country.

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Jack, who joined FAIR’s National Board of Advisors in 2017, is a retired U.S. diplomat with consular experience. He has testified before the U.S. Congress, U.S. Civil Rights Commission, and U.S. Commission on Immigration Reform and has authored studies of immigration issues. His national and international print, TV, and talk radio experience is extensive (including in Spanish).


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    I’ve Driven Through That New Mexico Check Point About 7 Years Ago

    Dogs would sniff your car and armed soldiers would chat with you about IAs.

    This will all be flushed down the sewer line.