Tighter border security is fueling a resurgence of violent attacks on immigrant smugglers in Arizona, according to authorities.We could spend años debating whose fault it is. There's plenty of blame to go around. But. Human beings are dying everyday along la frontera. No amount of troops, walls, or vigilante madmen will stop the flow of people until the supply and demand balance equalizes.Despite stepped-up efforts to combat illegal immigration, there have been five incidents in the past month involving armed men attacking vehicles possibly transporting undocumented immigrants to drophouses in Phoenix.The most recent attack occurred Sunday when three armed men hijacked a van and kidnapped five passengers at a stoplight in Ahwatukee Foothills.
I'm very well aware that many U.S.-Americans would rather there not be so many Latin Americans in their country, but there's really nothing they can do about it. Sucks for them, but it's the hard truth of the situation.
So, what is the humane response in dealing with this situation?
Well, it's certainly not this
Arizona is sending some Department of Public Safety officers for special training to enforce immigration laws. But not to round up those who are not in this country legally, according to Gov. Janet Napolitano.The DPS will be sending a letter today to Immigration and Customs Enforcement asking for 100 of its 1,200 sworn officers to receive the special training necessary for local police to enforce federal laws, something they are not normally permitted to do.
More bandaids. And more room for corruption.
"The DPS is not going to be engaged in roundups," she said. Napolitano specifically cited an incident in Chandler in 1997 in which local police, working with federal immigration officers, went after anyone they thought was in this country illegally.About 400 people were detained, including some U.S. citizens.
Sorry Governor. I know you're a Democrat, which means that you're supposed to be infallible on a liberal blog. But given the track record of the system, I'm not buying any empty promises from you or anyone else advocating for a beefed up police-state. No soy crédulo.