I support policies to increase legal immigration. The purpose of border security is not to stop immigration but to save lives, preserve the rule of law, and provide for orderly, legal immigration. It is a necessary step in resolving the issues surrounding immigration itself and the problem of an ever-enlarging sub-group of residents without legal status. I support our Texas Attorney General in demanding that the Obama Administration provide border security. This is the responsibility of the federal government. Below is a portion of the letter sent yesterday by Attorney General Abbott to President Obama:
June 30, 2010 VIA FACSIMILE
The White House 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW Washington, DC 20500
Dear Mr. President,
Deadly violence from drug cartels and transnational gangs in Mexico is knocking on the United States’ door with ever increasing frequency. Yesterday, gunfire from the cartels pierced that threshold and struck City Hall in El Paso. Fortunately no one was injured or killed. But that good fortune was not the result of effective border control – it was mere luck that the bullets struck buildings rather than bodies.
Luck and good fortune are not effective border enforcement policies. The shocking reality of cross border gunfire proves the cold reality: American lives are at risk. As the attached news article notes: “More than 1,300 people have been murdered in Juárez this year as a war continues relentlessly between the Juárez and Sinaloa drug cartels.” Americans must be protected as this deadly war bulges at our border.
Law enforcement officials with the Texas Department of Public Safety and your own U.S. Customs and Border Protection will reveal the hard truth. Our state is under constant assault from illegal activity threatening a porous border.
The time for talk has passed. The time for action is now. The need is urgent. Each day that passes increases the likelihood that an American life will be lost because of the federal government’s failure to secure the border.
This threat demands immediate and effective action by your Administration to secure our border. As the Attorney General of Texas, I urge you to make border security your top priority so that no more innocent lives are lost to border violence.