Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson spoke today at the Baker Institute at Rice University on “Finding the Balance: Border Security in the 21st Century” — a particularly relevant topic this week considering that a U.S. Border Patrol helicopter was forced to make an emergency landing in Texas this weekend after it was fired on from the Mexican side of the border.
Johnson kicked things off by assuring his audience not to believe everything they’ve been hearing (from conservative hate radio and Fox News, obviously).
The Border Patrol has been built up for 15 years, with positive results — except for last year’s spike in illegal border crossings.
And yet …
It appears “the surge” was called for.
So, is it the poor who are trying to make it into America to build a better life for their families? If so, what should we do to respond?
Is this like those highly skilled immigrants with H-1B visas who are being trained by the highly skilled American citizens who were laid off and replaced by them?
Johnson added, “We need in the medium to longer term to go after the root causes that leads people … whether it’s lack of opportunity for jobs ….” No, wait, that was the State Department’s Marie Harf talking about the Obama administration’s lack of a real strategy for defeating ISIS. Find them jobs.
Time’s almost up, and we’re getting the sense that deportation isn’t going to be mentioned as a component of fixing our immigration system.
Secretary Johnson, call your office; you have visitors.