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Congress Running Scared - Tries To Find A Spine

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Spine-searching!

With Tea Partys growing like wild fire's in Russia all across the USA and Tea Party supported candidates gaining much attention and traction, members of Congress are running scared.

Both Repub and Dem.  Granted both parties are so close to Socialism it is hard to tell either of them apart.

Due to their rising fear of being replaced this next election cycle, Congress has decided to see if it can find a spine on some traditionally tough ideas.

Immigration enforcement.

The House just approved a $600 million dollar bill that will add up to 1,500 new border patrol and other agents in "key" areas.  It will also increase aerial drone overflights.

The bill includes $176 million for 1,000 new border patrol agents to form a strike force to be deployed at critical areas, $89 million for another 500 customs and immigration personnel, and $32 million to deploy unmanned aerial vehicles or drones.

It also provides $196 million for the Justice Department to bolster its forces of U.S. marshals, and FBI, DEA and ATF agents along the border.

Congress and the White House felt a greater urgency to act on border security after Arizona passed a law directing its law enforcement officers to be more aggressive in seeking out illegal immigrants.  A federal judge struck down the law's main provisions, but many voters throughout the country favor crackdowns on illegal immigration.

Yeah.  And we already know how the earlier deployments of the National Guard to the southern border worked out.  If you recall a few years ago under Pres Bush, the "deployed" National Guard only did vehicle maintenance and paperwork so as to not piss off Mexico.

So, is this going to be another spending boondoggle?  Or will they use leftover TARPStimulus funds to help defray this cost.  'Cause you know the DEMS are all about limiting the debt....

The bill would offset its costs by raising fees on foreign-based personnel companies that use U.S. visa programs to bring skilled workers to the United States. These include the popular H-1B visa program. India says higher fees would discriminate against its companies and workers.

Why make the corporations that do things the legal way pay for enforcement of the illegals?

So, who do we get to thank for at least trying to do something on the border?

The House passed the bill by an unrecorded voice vote after brief debate.

OH.

 

[Update:]

Border Patrol Director of Media Relations Lloyd Easterling confirmed this week--as I first reported in my column yesterday--that his agency is planning for a net decrease of 384 agents on the U.S.-Mexico border in fiscal 2010, which begins on October 1.
 
A Department of Homeland Security annual performance review updated by the Obama administration on May 7 said the Border Patrol “plans to move several hundred Agents from the Southwest Border to the Northern Border to meet the FY 2010 staffing requirements, with only a small increase in new agents for the Southwest Border in the same year.”

So, will this count as jobs saved or created?

  DailyFodder

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