Do it now, Congress: Control the border, close the loopholes

Tuesday, March 12, 2019
Chad Groening (

border wall jumper near Tijuana, MexicoAn immigration enforcement advocacy organization is concerned about a report from the Department of Homeland Security that illegal immigration is "spiraling out of control."

Last week, DHS released the February border apprehension numbers – and they were startling. Over 76,000 primarily Central American migrants were apprehended illegally entering the United States, a whopping 31-percent increase over January and an 80-percent increase over the same period last year.

"… Illegal immigration is simply spiraling out of control and threatening public safety and national security, DHS Secretary Kirstjen Neilsen testified before a congressional committee last week. Her department released data indicating that the number of family units arriving at the border has increased 338 percent since the previous fiscal year while the number of unaccompanied minors rose by 58 percent.

"Make no mistake," she added. "This chain of human misery is getting worse."

Ira Mehlman, spokesman for the Federation for American Immigration Reform, says these high numbers are being driven by people who are methodically abusing America's humanitarian policies.


"You have people coming in family units because they understand the loopholes in our law that say if you come with kids, you're going to be released within 20 days," Mehlman explains.

And as for the surge of unaccompanied minors, the FAIR spokesman says "we're likely to see even more unaccompanied minors thanks to the bill that President Trump signed a few weeks ago that included a provision that says [if] you're an illegal alien and you sponsor an unaccompanied minor after he or she has crossed the border, you get to stay also."

But Mehlman contends that the Democrats who control the House aren't concerned about protecting America's borders from foreign invaders. And unless Congress is prepared to do its job, he warns , it's only likely to get a whole lot worse.

"[We need] to appropriate the necessary resources to get control of the border – [that's] number one," he suggests. "Number two, [we need to] close loopholes in our laws that make it clear to people that our humanitarian policies are easily abused."

For example …

Speaking of policies that need to be fixed, Mehlman says the discovery of a major forgery operation in Oregon illustrates the need to require E-Verify for all persons working in the United States.

"What we need is a system like mandatory E-Verify," he argues. "It would allow the employers to electronically verify the Social Security information that you provide to the employer – and if you come and present my mother's Social Security [number], there's going to be a few questions that need to be answered."

According to Mehlman, E-Verify takes the burden off companies that don't normally have personnel who are trained experts at spotting forged documents.

The forgery operation was operated out of an apartment in Woodburn, Oregon, a primarily Hispanic community in an agricultural region near Portland. For more than a decade, the clandestine lab churned out over 10,000 fake Social Security cards, driver's licenses, and immigration documents that were sold around the U.S. The ringleader of the operation has pled guilty in federal court to conspiracy to produce false identification documents.

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