Newest Tunnel Found in Yuma Arizona is Evidence of a Lack of Border Security
As if we need more evidence, the discovery of a well-constructed drug-smuggling tunnel in a border town near Yuma is further proof that the Obama administration’s half-hearted efforts to secure the U.S.-Mexican border are a failure.
The tunnel, estimated to cost $1.5 million and stretching the length of two football fields, is the most sophisticated to date. Equipped with lighting and a ventilation system, federal agents said the tunnel was used to smuggle methamphetamine and other drugs.
Entry by tunnel is part of the trifecta of drug smuggling – tunnels, vehicles at ports of entry, and backpacks brought through the desert. While expensive and obviously not mobile, tunnels show the lengths that drug cartels are willing to go to penetrate the border.
Nearly 100 drug-smuggling tunnels have been discovered in Arizona since 1990. Tunnel construction continues apace. Agents have discovered 14 tunnels this year, up from 7 last year.
Yet President Obama claims the border is secure and only Congressional gridlock prevents consideration of immigration reform. The evidence proves otherwise.
In his first visit to the border last year, the president said added Border Patrol agents, a border fence and falling crime rates showed that he had gone
“above and beyond” what border security advocates demanded. Because of his border security efforts, he said, Congress was to blame for inaction on immigration reform.
The facts undercut the president’s claim. The Government Accountability Office reported last year that only 44 percent of the 2,000-mile-long border was under “operational” control and just 15 percent was totally controlled.
At the same time, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano gave up on securing the border. She does not believe it can be done.
Claims of a secure border are really a smokescreen for President Obama’s real immigration policy – unilateral edicts that change immigration policies with the stroke of a pen. With no regard for Congress, he simply changes immigration policies on his own to suit himself.
The most recent example was the president’s executive order that implemented portions of the Dream Act that failed in Congress. Regardless of the merits of the action, the new policy was enacted with no input from the peoples’ representatives in Congress.
The administration did the same thing earlier this year when the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency announced that it no longer would initiate action against deportable immigrants who have committed minor criminal offences. Only illegal immigrants guilty of violent crimes are subject to deportation.
This is immigration policy by fiat. A secure border becomes irrelevant.
If the president says the border is secure, it is. Meanwhile, drug smugglers dig tunnels, drive through entry points, and cross the desert.