Border states not Washington bureaucrats should certify when the border is secure.
A single political appointee should not be entrusted with the job of certifying border security for the United States, Arizona Attorney General Tom Horne told Sens. John McCain and Jeff Flake in this May 20, 2013 letter.
Horne also issued this follow-up statement on Tuesday expressing his concerns regarding the partisan Janet Napolitano being the sole authority to certify border security:
“Last week’s report from the Department of Homeland Security confirming that more than 600 immigration detainees released from federal custody in February were convicted criminals was outrageous, and shows the federal government’s lack of commitment to border security,” Horne said.”As Congress prepares to discuss immigration reform, I am very concerned about any language that gives the Secretary of Homeland Security sole authority to certify the border as secure. The current Secretary is well-known for her pronouncements that the border is ‘as secure as it’s ever been,’ but people who live and work along the border tell a different story. The border, especially at the Tucson Sector, is not secure, and for any one person based in Washington, D.C. to be given the sole authority to certify it as secure in any new immigration reform package is a mistake. I urge the Senate to include language that eliminates the certification role for this or any future D.H.S. Secretary and instead require a panel of local and state stakeholders in border states affected by these issues to objectively measure and certify border security.”
The British newspaper The Sun exhibits more awareness of the dire situation than either the Obama regime or the dishonorable “Gang of Eight” gangsters — including McCain and Flake — who place political maneuvering above national security and the rule of law. Don’t expect to see such coverage in the pro-amnesty Periódico de la República de Arizona (Arizona Republic).
In fact, today the newspaper delivered yet another biased report regarding the national Remember 1986 rally that took place yesterday. The coverage of the local demonstration outside of McCain and Flake’s senate headquarters repeatedly described American citizens desiring border security and respect for our laws as “Migrant reform opponents.”
And buried deep in the 2-page report is the fact that the Jesus Cabrera Molina, 24, described as “the non-citizen” (not illegal alien) and “the owner,” (not the driver) of the SUV involved in the hit and run death of Phoenix Police Officer Daryl Raetz. In March 2012, Cabrera Molina was placed in removal proceedings by Immigration and Customs Enforcement after being arrested. He was released from ICE custody when an immigration judge granted him a $5,000 bond.
Today’s report soft-soaps Cabrera Molina, saying he was charged with possessing “a small amount of cocaine” when picked up after his vehicle was identified as being involved in the officer’s death.
Officer Raetz, 29, a Phoenix native, leaves behind his wife and 5-year-old daughter.