Spotlight on the U.S. - Mexico Border

 

 

What do our border policies say about our values as a nation? President Obama committed to dispatching up to <a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/Letter_to_Chairman_Levin.pdf">1,200 National Guard troops to the U.S.-Mexico border and is asking Congress for $500 million for increased law enforcement in the Southwest</a> and for other border protection tools. The White House is calling the maneuver &quot;a multi-layered effort to target illicit networks trafficking in people, drugs, illegal weapons and money.&rdquo;&nbsp; But in practice, beefing up border enforcement under existing federal programs has only drained our government resources, has put into serious jeopardy our commitment to due process under the law, and has presented serious human rights implications.&nbsp; For example, Operation Streamline, an existing Department of Homeland Security program, was instituted in 2005, and mandates the federal criminal prosecution and imprisonment of all people who cross the U.S.-Mexico border unlawfully.

What do our border policies say about our values as a nation?

President Obama committed to dispatching up to <a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/Letter_to_Chairman_Levin.pdf">1,200 National Guard troops to the U.S.-Mexico border and is asking Congress for $500 million for increased law enforcement in the Southwest</a> and for other border protection tools.

The White House is calling the maneuver &quot;a multi-layered effort to target illicit networks trafficking in people, drugs, illegal weapons and money.&rdquo;&nbsp; But in practice, beefing up border enforcement under existing federal programs has only drained our government resources, has put into serious jeopardy our commitment to due process under the law, and has presented serious human rights implications.&nbsp;

 

For example, Operation Streamline, an existing Department of Homeland Security program, was instituted in 2005, and mandates the federal criminal prosecution and imprisonment of all people who cross the U.S.-Mexico border unlawfully.

 

 

Spotlight on the U.S. - Mexico Border

 

 

What do our border policies say about our values as a nation? President Obama committed to dispatching up to <a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/Letter_to_Chairman_Levin.pdf">1,200 National Guard troops to the U.S.-Mexico border and is asking Congress for $500 million for increased law enforcement in the Southwest</a> and for other border protection tools. The White House is calling the maneuver &quot;a multi-layered effort to target illicit networks trafficking in people, drugs, illegal weapons and money.&rdquo;&nbsp; But in practice, beefing up border enforcement under existing federal programs has only drained our government resources, has put into serious jeopardy our commitment to due process under the law, and has presented serious human rights implications.&nbsp; For example, Operation Streamline, an existing Department of Homeland Security program, was instituted in 2005, and mandates the federal criminal prosecution and imprisonment of all people who cross the U.S.-Mexico border unlawfully.

What do our border policies say about our values as a nation?

President Obama committed to dispatching up to <a href="http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/Letter_to_Chairman_Levin.pdf">1,200 National Guard troops to the U.S.-Mexico border and is asking Congress for $500 million for increased law enforcement in the Southwest</a> and for other border protection tools.

The White House is calling the maneuver &quot;a multi-layered effort to target illicit networks trafficking in people, drugs, illegal weapons and money.&rdquo;&nbsp; But in practice, beefing up border enforcement under existing federal programs has only drained our government resources, has put into serious jeopardy our commitment to due process under the law, and has presented serious human rights implications.&nbsp;

 

For example, Operation Streamline, an existing Department of Homeland Security program, was instituted in 2005, and mandates the federal criminal prosecution and imprisonment of all people who cross the U.S.-Mexico border unlawfully.

 

 

Soundtrack for the Next Collapse

Call me late to the party, but I heard what has apparently become the song of the summer, Billionaire,” for the first time this past weekend. Actually, I heard it three times this weekend, including twice in situations where I had no choice but to actually sit and listen to all the lyrics.

The Travie McCoy single, currently number five on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart, is a paean to the type of high-flying, me-first greed that brought us such classics as The Economic Collapse of 2008 and The $3 Billion and Counting BP Oil Spill That Could Have Been Prevented by a $500,000 Acoustic Trigger. And, in this crucial moment, with our economy on a tipping point between continued, albeit slow, recovery, and slipping back into recession, this catchy ditty promotes the precise values we DON’T need.

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