Immigrants, seem to be much less likely than natives to be convicted of property or violent crimes according to a wealth of studies on the topic. Cities with higher numbers of immigrants and that are closer to the southern border are more peaceful and less crime prone.
No one would argue that immigration isn't a third rail issue for the GOP, the only more contentious issue for rank and file House Republicans is the environment. They have unilaterally opposed any movement on environmental legislation.
A pilotless aircraft may have awed the failed migrants, but such success stories about U.S. Customs and Border Protection's quarter-billion-dollar drone program come in short supply, according to a Homeland Security Department inspector general's report released Monday.
With virtually no chance of anything immigration related passing in the House or Senate, investment in the legal flow of commerce and people at our border is a great compromise on legislative action in an election year.
Border Patrol forces, still growing, have more than doubled in the years since 9/11. As the new uniformed soldiers of the Department of Homeland Security, close to 20,000 Border Patrol agents now occupy the U.S. Southwest.
Are there real problems associated with mass immigration and the border? Perhaps. But they cannot be solved by the same militarized law enforcement methods that have been such a failure in the drug war and other crusades.
The challenge now will be to apply standards equally across the board--across borders and states where situations may be different in the details but fundamental human rights issues remain stubborn and constant.
A state like Arizona should be working with the federal government and private businesses to invest more in the ports of entry's with Mexico to increase legal travel and commerce into their state, not trashing it.