Squeeze the Balloon

Fiercehomelandsecurity.com is reporting (small extract below),

“A proposed substitute amendment for the comprehensive immigration bill under consideration in the Senate that would increase border security funding by $38 billion and deploy an additional 20,000 Border Patrol agents to the southwestern border has livened prospects for bill passage in the Senate–although critics from left and right have been quick to criticize it.”

When border security gets tight on land, where do you think illegal immigration will spike?

An additional 20,000 agents is equal to half the size of the Coast Guard to perform only one mission, Alien Migrant Interdiction Operations (AMIO).

If no attempt is made to tighten the maritime borders, it is not to difficult to foresee what will happen.

9 thoughts on “Squeeze the Balloon

  1. Very true Chuck, no one seems to understand that these illegal immigrants and coyotes are not so dumb. When they start seeing increased security across the acres, they’re doudtless going to traverse by other means a.k.a. maritime domain. Thanks for the update, should be interesting how this unfolds

  2. At least 40% of the illegal’s in the USA did not jump a fence, they came to the US with a visa and then just stayed after the visa expired.

    This problem still has not been fixed even though its been mandated by every immigration bill since at least the 1986 amnesty. Even 9/11 where some of the terrorist overstayed their visa did not get the US government to come up with even a partially effective system to track people who overstay their visa.

    So when you hear politicians talking about border security and they don’t mention visa’s abuse then you know that they either don’t know what their talking about or are just blowing smoke.

  3. I guess no one ever thought of increasing maritime border security when they decided to increase border security on land. Maybe they will realize this once they start seeing a jump in people trying to cross the border via maritime.

    • My question is, why can’t we merge the Office of Air and Marine of the Customs and Border Protection into the US Coast Guard. It seems like the Office of Air and Marine of the Customs and Border Protection is duplicating the work of the US Coast Guard and in a time of tight fiscal budgets. I would think that would be a good idea of folding the Office of Air and Marine of the Customs and Border Protection into the US Coast Guard. They seem to be duplicating the work and it would make sense to combine the services of the two into one.

      • In a perfect world, USCBP would control borders and international airports, and USCG would handle coastal borders and maritime ports of entry, but it’s not reality. Before DHS was set up and agencies consolidated, Customs handled air and maritime ports, Border Patrol guarded the fence, and CG watched the watery fence, so to speak. Consolidation folded the Customs and BP together, but left the waterborne mission to the CG for the most part. The CBP air and marine office was a natural reaction to the CG having multi-mission assets which were frequently away doing some other mission and illegals were coming ashore. CBP was able to successfully argue if they were given dedicated assets, they would handle migrant interdiction better than the CG. Obviously not true, but, that’s politics…

      • Bill,
        It would have been a good idea to merge the functions of the Office of Air and Marine of the Customs and Border Protection into the US Coast Guard. It would have saved the taxpayers money and put the same functions under one organization. If you look at what the Office of Air and Marine of the Customs and Border Protection dose, it almost mirrors what the US Coast Guard dose and maybe the Office of Air and Marine of the Customs and Border Protection should just hand over their functions to the US Coast Guard and stick to Airports and border entries. Another question is how much would it cost the US Coast Guard if they had to absorb the functions of the Office of Air and Marine of the Customs and Border Protection.

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