Dear President Obama: You are a coward when it comes to doing everything necessary to combat illegal immigration.
If you think that you were brave in your 11/20/14 televised address, then you are mistaken. I listened to what you said. Sure, you may have the legal ability to defer the deportation of certain illegal immigrants, and you may look like a nice guy because you don’t want to break up families. After all, it is the least you can do.
That is the problem. You settled for the least.
In your televised speech, you said that it would become more difficult for people to cross the USA’s southern border illegally. Specifically, you said the following:
“First, we’ll build on our progress at the border with additional resources for our law enforcement personnel so that they can stem the flow of illegal crossings, and speed the return of those who do cross over.”
You also said, “If you plan to enter the U.S. illegally, your chances of getting caught and sent back just went up.”
How so, Mr. President?
Are you pledging billions of dollars to secure our nation’s southern border? You often pledge that amount of money to African nations with non-emergencies. Are you now going to share the wealth with America?
You have a habit of declaring certain areas within our borders to be national parks for the purpose of preservation. How about declaring all land within 10 miles of the southern border to be non-park land for the purpose of preserving our ability to prevent illegal immigration.
If Border Patrol agents are going to patrol the border and pursue whoever crosses it illegally, then the agents need to be able to patrol the entire southern border and be able to make pursuits anywhere the illegal border-crossers may be.
Repeatedly, the U.S. House’s Committee on Natural Resources has complained about the way that the U.S. Departments of Agriculture and the Interior prevent the U.S. Border Patrol from securing our nation’s borders.
On its website, the Natural Resources Committee states the following:
Serious security gaps exist on federal lands along the northern and southern U.S. border. While the goal of the Department of the Interior (DOI) and the Department of Agriculture is to protect our national parks, forests, wildlife refuges and other public lands, internal documents have shown that DOI land managers are using environmental regulations (such as the Endangered Species Act or the National Environmental Policy Act) to hinder U.S. Border Patrol security efforts. For example, Border Patrol is often blocked access to these lands, unable to use motorized vehicles to patrol these areas, and prevented from placing electronic surveillance structures in strategic areas.
As a result, our federal lands have become a highway open to criminals, drugs smugglers, human traffickers and potentially terrorists. This has led to escalated violence and also caused severe destruction of the environment.
Mr. President, the Departments of Agriculture and the Interior are under your jurisdiction. Yet, as far as I can tell, you haven’t done a thing to prevent those Departments from hindering the securing of our nation’s borders.
That is just one reason why I am calling you a coward.