The Migrant Surge Has Knocked The Sense Out Of Some New Mexicans



Confirming Americans’ darkest suspicions, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) admitted last week that “100 percent” of adults illegally crossing the U.S.-Mexico border are being released into the country.

Acting DHS Secretary Kevin McAleenan told the Senate Homeland Security Committee that the Border Patrol merely acts as a checkpoint for so-called “family units” heading north.

In the last week alone, nearly 8,000 border crossers and illegal aliens were released into the country, including those not even requesting asylum.

McAleenan said adult migrants are given work permits allowing them to take American jobs while they await their immigration court hearings, oftentimes two years down the road.

Working or otherwise, the initial waves of migrants are inundating communities across the southwest. New Mexico is one of the hardest hit.

In Las Cruces, an hour north of the border city of El Paso, more than 6,500 migrants have been dropped off by the Border Patrol since mid-April. Deming, a town of 14,000, received 2,400 migrants, sheltering up to 700 at a time in the local fairgrounds.

At the capital in Santa Fe, Democratic Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham offered to pay bus fare to send sojourners on to Denver. She also announced the state will offer grants to defray costs incurred by local governments.

“It is our duty as a state, in the absence of a comprehensive shift in strategy and personnel deployment on the part of the federal government, to accommodate and facilitate the needs of both these asylum seekers and the local communities where they are being released,” she wrote in a letter to Republican state lawmakers.

Lujan Grisham’s call to duty was a rich one. Earlier this year, the Democrat irresponsibly pulled National Guard troops back from the border and reposted a campaign video of her galloping through a thin wall of sheet rock in a mockery of President Trump’s call for a border barricade.

Some New Mexico counties don’t find the governor’s antics amusing and want nothing to do with illegal aliens. Local officials say the governor is only exacerbating the border chaos.

Sierra and Lincoln counties passed resolutions opposing any relocation of migrants to their rural communities. The moves followed a similar resolution by neighboring Otero County.

“As long as we continue to extend citizen benefits to unregistered aliens the flows will continue,” said Lincoln Commissioner Tom Stewart.

That logic apparently eludes the feckless Lujan Grisham as she and lawmakers in Washington do nothing about circumstance that leave U.S. immigration officials with few options other than to dispense free passes to border crashers and look the other way.

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Bob Dane, the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR)'s Executive Director, has been with FAIR since 2006. His deep belief is that immigration is the most transformational determinant of where we are heading as a nation and that our policies must be reformed in the public interest. Over many years on thousands of radio, TV and print interviews, Bob has made the case that unless immigration is regulated and sensibly reduced, it will be difficult for America to reduce unemployment, increase wages, improve health care and education and heighten national security. Prior to joining FAIR, Bob spent twenty years in network radio, marketing and communications after an earlier career in policy and budgeting within the Reagan Administration. Bob has a degree from George Mason University in Public Administration and Management.

18 Comments

  1. avatar

    I spend half the year living in Southwest Colorado and the other half in Southeast Florida. I am appalled at what is going on at the Southern Border! A thump on the head to New Mexico’s governor as well as the other two clowns (Hancock and Polis) in Colorado! We can’t vote them out soon enough, as our country as we knew it no longer exists — thanks to government officials like them!

  2. avatar
    Don Richardson on

    Give each invading criminal booklet of addresses of politicians who are promoting illegal immigration and let them choose one. Then provide the invaders with free tickets to whatever politician’s home that they choose. Send them to live with the politician of their choice.

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    By releasing them into the interior US and giving them work permits, the government is in fact completing the smuggling operation. I can’t believe I am seeing this happen. When I voted for Donald Trump, I thought we were electing another IKE, but instead we got Jeb Bush on steroids. I am disgusted.

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      You are a little late to the party, buster! Our duly elected leaders have been taking us down this primrose path for decades! Both wings ( left and right) are and have been on the bird of prey (Goverment)! Trump is closer to being one of us than anyone in a generation! He has been by himself and still has accomplished so much in the swamp! Grow a brain!

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    The U.S., like many other countries, needs to put a limit on how much $ may be taken or sent out out of the country. Allowing remittances, as we currently do, simply encourages illegal immigration so that they can send money back to their homes to support their families and bring more of them here. Even at less than minimum wage, most can make more here in a month than they can in a year “back home”. One of the biggest problems of the Maquilas in Juarez was the workers who, after training and making $12/day, would work for a month, then quit to “retire” for the rest of the year on their accumulated pay. Turnover was astronomical!

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    mildred deribas-eckhardt on

    I am a citizen of the USA which is now a homeless nation. In exchange for our citizens to be homeless we are inundated with illegal people being given the keys to do what ever they want. If homeless people are to be not recognized and helped why not mow them all down and make room for the illegals. After all seems like all you have to do is cross border illegally and you are given medical, jobs, social security, homes, education. They are treated better than the people who were born here.

    I am ashamed to be a citizen where the poor, homeless, disadvantaged are ignored and mistreated. Why are we allowing our officials to continue to turn their backs on our citizens?

    we have people in our country who are breaking the law

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      Bruno Gilson on

      Any politicians that allow, vote and or give money to illegal aliens invading our country should be indicted for treason and sedition against America and our Constitution and put in prison for life. Either ‘We The People ‘ have the Rule of Law or ‘We The People ‘ don’t have a Constitutional Republic.

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      VERY WELL SAID!! I too am ashamed when I know of Veterans who are sleeping in the woods. We have elderly who can’t afford their medicine. I could go on and on, but I commend your statement as you so eloquently stated. Thank you.

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    why are we giving them work permits? If they couldn’t work they might go home. No social benefits either.

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    Liberals insist that any and all immigrants, legal and illegal, are a plus for any community. But when asked to put their money where their mouths are, then it’s a different story. The governor of New Mexico did everything she could to impede Trump’s border policies, and then when the obvious happens, a huge influx, she wants to ship them off to Denver. Just like when Trump said he was going to send them to sanctuary jurisdictions like California, a lot of the politicians and celebs like Cher started crying it was unfair because they had so many problems of their own already, even though those same people for years have encouraged and incentivized illegal entry. Schizophrenia at it’s finest.

    The “solution” to our present crisis, according to almost all Democratic presidential candidates, is to not detain anyone, just take their names, give them a court date, and “release them into the community”. But a new study done by ICE of people who have crossed in the last 6 months shows that, no surprise, 87% are NOT showing up at their preliminary court dates. Because they know NOTHING will happen to them if they don’t. It’s been that way for years. And once they are “in the community” liberals will do everything possible to stop any deportations. Then after people have been here a few years, those same liberals will cry a river about how they need to be given “a path to citizenship”. It’s open borders and anyone who says differently is a fool or liar. Or more frequently, both.

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    Dems never saw an illegal alien they didn’t want to register to vote – as long as Jose puts a “D” after his name. If prospective GOP voters were crashing the border by the millions, the Libtards would be there with bayonets and machine guns to stop them.