By Elois Zeanah
The invasion of 80,000+ children so far in 2014 from Central America, some unaccompanied, has created a new immigration crisis. Why isn’t Congress and the media talking about the law that was passed and signed in October 2006 to build a secure border fence, but which was never built? If this law had been enforced by President Bush, and now President Obama, there would be no humanitarian and health crisis at our southern border. Today, the Alabama Republican state executive committee adopted a Resolution asking Congress to demand that the President enforce this law and secure our border. Hopefully, other states will follow Alabama’s example.
RESOLUTION ON BORDER SECURITY: Enforce The October 2006 Secure Fence Act
WHEREAS, The U.S. Congress passed the Secure Fence Act of 2006 (Public Law 109-367), which authorizes the construction of 700 miles of double-layer fencing along the Southwest border and for the creation of a virtual fence along the entire Southwest border;
WHEREAS, The goal of this law was to decrease illegal entry, drug trafficking, and security threats by building 700 miles of physical barriers along the Mexico-United States border, and to authorize more vehicle barriers, checkpoints, and lighting as well as authorize the Department of Homeland Security to increase the use of advanced technology-like cameras, satellites, and unmanned aerial vehicles to reinforce infrastructure at the border;
WHEREAS, Simultaneously the President signed a separate $35 billion Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Appropriations Act which included funding to secure our border. It provided a total of $7.4 billion for Customs and Border Protection (CBP), including $1.2 billion for fencing and other barriers along the border, and funding for 1,500 new Border Patrol agents; $3.9 billion for Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE); and $181 million for U.S. Citizenship and Immigration services (USCIS).
WHEREAS, The border remains unsecured after eight years;
WHEREAS, Unsecured borders and President Barack Obama’s refusal to enforce immigration laws have led to an invasion of under-aged children crossing the border, some unaccompanied, and has created a humanitarian crisis for our country, overwhelming our Border Patrol and the charitable organizations that minister to illegal immigrants;
WHEREAS, The plight of these poor, unaccompanied children crossing the border illegally highlights the urgency to enforce the October 2006 Secure Fence Act;
WHEREAS, Eighty thousand or more children are expected to swarm through the border this year, and even more next year, exacerbating a logistical and health nightmare;
WHEREAS, These children are overwhelming the Border Patrol’s abilities to monitor the border, and the Border Patrol has been forced to refocus its mission to a humanitarian nightmare, making it even easier to slip through drugs, gangs, terrorists, and more illegal immigrants;
WHEREAS, The chaos at the border is a result of not enforcing existing immigration laws and particularly the October 2006 Secure Fence Act; and
WHEREAS, Action by Congress to demand that the President enforce the October 2006 Fence Act would help alleviate this invasion on our southern border and the humanitarian crisis, separate out the non-controversial border fence from controversial issues of immigration reform, and remove the issue of border security as a pawn to get amnesty through “comprehensive immigration reform;”
RESOLVED, The Alabama State Executive Committee urges Members of Congress to immediately demand that the President enforce the October 2006 Secure Fence Act.
Submitted by the Alabama Federation of Republican Women Frances Taylor, President