What's going on at the border?
The Obama administration is mulling a lawsuit against Arizona to block its new immigration law from taking effect.
The law criminalizes illegal immigration by defining it as trespassing. President Obama weighed in Wednesday night, acknowledging that "the federal government has been abdicating on its responsibilities for a very long time on this issue," but also saying "there may not be an appetite" in Washington to tackle immigration reform.
So what are the feds doing along the border?
“We now have more manpower and technology at the border than at any
time before,” Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano told lawmakers earlier this week. The border “is as secure as it has ever been," she said.
Officers apprehended 600,000 illegal immigrants along the U.S.-Mexico border last year, down 60 percent from the 1.6 million arrests in 2000.
But more than 50 percent of the border arrests were made in Arizona last year -- up from 8 percent in 1992. That's because the federal government has built about 652 miles of border fence along the entire border, pushing illegal immigrants into the Grand Canyon State's remote deserts.
Drug violence is also up in the Phoenix region, where there's been a big uptick in the number of drug and safe houses used by smugglers.
“One of the questions we need to talk about is whether securing the border is ever going to be reached in the sense of Congress, or whether that goal post is going to keep moving,” Napolitano said.
A good point. Where do you think the goal posts are now? Where should they be?
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| April 29, 2010; 6:45 AM ET
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