Senior administration officials and leading think tanks including NDN and NPI, note that sealing off our our southwest border would be disastrous for our economy and is quite literally impossible. In Alabama, a second foreign born worker who was in the country legally was harassed and ticketed recently, prompting many in business community to protest the states draconian immigration law. Finally new emails show that the DOJ trusted ATF denials of Fast And Furious ‘Gun Walking’ allegations.
Concept of Border Security found to be unrealistic – With the question of permanently sealing our southern border being discussed in many of the GOP Presidential debates leading experts and administration officials point out that such a move would be horrible for our economy and virtually impossible to accomplish. “But a border that is sealed off to all undocumented immigrants and drugs flowing north is a promise none of them could keep. “Securing the border is a wonderful slogan, but that’s pretty much all it is,” said Ted Galen Carpenter, a senior fellow at the libertarian Cato Institute. “Even to come close would require measures that would make legal commerce with Mexico impossible. That’s an enormous price for what would still be a very leaky system.”
Second Auto Worker Nabbed by Alabama Immigration Law – A Missouri newspaper recently extended an open invitation to companies like Mercedes to leave Alabama for more hospitable climes. This week a Japanese worker from Honda was harassed and given a ticket as a result of Alabama’s state passed immigration law. “Two weeks after a German auto executive, Detlev Hager, was arrested when he couldn’t immediately produce his driver’s license during a traffic stop, a Japanese worker at an Alabama Honda plant this week was ticketed (though not arrested) under the new law.
Ron Scott, director of the Economic Development Association of Alabama, tells the Associated Press that, to his knowledge, current recruitment efforts haven’t been hurt by news of foreign workers getting caught up in the law’s net.”
New Details Further Exonerate DOJ in Fast and Furious “Gunwalking” case New Department of Justice emails show that officials in the agency had little knowledge of what the ATF was doing in the Fast and Furious program. “It was early 2011. Reports that the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives had let guns “walk” across the border to Mexico were only just starting to emerge. Sen. Chuck Grassley, the ranking Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee, wrote a letter to to the Justice Department on Jan. 27 asking if an assault rifle bought by a suspected “straw purchaser” during an ATF-authorized transaction with a firearms dealer was found at the murder scene of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry. If contemporaneous emails sent by Justice Department officials are any indication, they didn’t have any clue what Grassley was talking about. And when officials in the U.S. Attorney’s office in Arizona and at ATF headquarters assured them gun walking wasn’t going on, they took them at their word and adopted that false position as the official stance of the Justice Department.”