Thursday, June 7th, 2018

Make Border Deaths Part of Immigration Debate

"People on a quest for a better life are not stopped by border infrastructure — unless it kills them.  And it too often does.  The boots-on-the-ground enforcement experts see the real problem.  “We all know that illegal immigration is a crime, but it’s not a crime you should lose your life over,” says Andy Adame spokesperson for the Border Patrol in Arizona.  Walls, agents, sensors, towers, drones and other whiz-bang border security stuff — bought with $106 billion over the past five years — have not stopped illegal immigration. They won’t stop it because poor people will take great risks to better their lives. They die of hope in our backyard. … Without acknowledging the human motivations that drive them, this country cannot design effective immigration policies.  The “Gang of Eight” bill now before the full Senate pumps billions more into border security strategies — even though Homeland Security