Daily Border Bulletin: Our Anti-Innovation Immigration System, Border Patrol Unveils New ‘Intelligence-Driven’ Strategy, Former Mexican president urges peace through culture

An op-ed in the Atlantic highlights the fact that our current federal immigration laws are anti-Innovation, anti-business, and anti-people. Today the U.S. Border Patrol unveiled its first new National Strategy which will be more risk based. Former President of Mexico Vicente Fox has come out forcefully saying that the cultural bonds between our two countries should be acting as a natural place for our two countries to come together to solve problems in the region.

Our Anti-Innovation Immigration System: An op-edin the Atlantic highlights the fact that our current federal immigration laws are anti-Innovation, anti-business, and anti-people. “Sen. Marco Rubio’s proposal to allow undocumented immigrant youth to stay in the country legally has elicited interest among some immigration reform advocates. That’s primarily because it has breathed life into a moribund effort. Under Rubio’s as-yet unwritten plan, men and women who came to the United States as children and are pursuing higher education would be able to live in the country legally. Unlike the original DREAM Act, which has failed repeatedly to pass the U.S. Congress, the legislation wouldn’t provide a pathway to citizenship for this group. It would only create that venue for men and women joining the military. Some cheerleaders for the original DREAM Act look at the Rubio plan as a way to potentially break the logjam on immigration reform. GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney, who opposes the original DREAM Act, has not dismissed the proposal outright. Plus, as Rubio points out, the men and women who qualify for his version of the DREAM Act could eventually become citizens through existing venues.”

Border Patrol Unveils New ‘Intelligence-Driven’ Strategy: Today the U.S. Border Patrol unveiledits first new National Strategy which will be more risk based.”The U.S. Border Patrol on Tuesday unveiled its first national strategy in eight years, a period in which the number of agents more than doubled and apprehensions of people entering illegally from Mexico dropped to a 40-year low. The new approach — outlined in a 32-page document that took more than two years to develop — uses buzzwords like “risk-based” and “intelligence-driven” to describe a more nuanced, targeted response to constantly evolving threats. The Border Patrol previously relied on a strategy that blanketed heavily trafficked corridors for undocumented immigrants with agents, pushing migrants to more remote areas where they would presumably be easier to capture and discouraged from trying again.”

Former Mexican president urges peace through culture: Former President of Mexico Vicente Fox has come out forcefully saying that the cultural bonds between our two countries should be acting as a natural place for our two countries to come together to solve problems in the region. “Former Mexican President Vicente Fox on Sunday said there was no better place to begin fortifying the relationship between Mexico and the United States than Texas, where almost a majority of the population is Mexican American. In a keynote address to more than 450 people gathered for Mexic-Arte’s Gala del Museo, he called for an end to the war broiling in Mexico and urged Mexican and U.S. citizens to work together to build a better future for the region, as world power shifts from the West to the East. “We will win this battle, not by opening the border, but by tearing down the walls and building bridges between Mexico and this great nation,” he said at the benefit hosted at the Four Seasons Hotel. “There is no better way to build peace than through culture, than through education, than through (creating) opportunities.”

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