Yesterday was U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry’s 45th birthday. He didn’t get to celebrate because he was murdered near Rio Rico, Ariz., on Dec. 15, 2010 protecting criminals attacking other criminals on the border with Mexico. He was shot by the “rip crews” that prey on illegal aliens crossing over the U.S. border.
It’s a federal policy requiring ICE to hold an average of 34,000 individuals in detention on a daily basis, separating families and devastating communities across New Jersey and the United States.
The Elizabeth (N.J.) Contract Detention Facility is one of 14 facilities that have “minimum guarantees” in their contract with ICE. This is called a local quota. A local quota is synonymous with taxpayer burden.
ICE spends $159 per day to detain one person. Over the course of a year, immigration detention costs total over $2 billion, approximately $5.5 million each day.
H.R. 2808 will prohibit guaranteed profits to private prison companies. Protest both the federal quota that exists in the federal budget appropriation and the local quota that exists in individual contracts.
American Friends Service Committee
Detention Watch Network
Wind of the Spirits
Reform Church of Highland Park
The Center for Constitutional Rights
First Friends NY + NJ
Casa de Esperanza
Sister of Saint Joseph ESL
Unidad Latina en Accion
Make the Road NJ
All these organizations are either sponsoring and/or participating in a protest tomorrow, Aug. 13, 2015 from 11 a.m. to 12 noon at the Elizabeth Detention Facility in an End the Quota Rally. The center is located at 625 Evans Street in Elizabeth. For more details, contact Alix Nguefack at firstname.lastname@example.org
The facility is located just south of Newark Liberty International Airport. One could conclude that they deal with illegal aliens trying to enter the country through airports. Five other correctional facilities in New Jersey also deal with illegal immigrants: the Essex County and Hudson County Correctional Facilities, the Bergen County Jail, Monmouth County Correctional Institution, and Delaney Hall Detentional Facility in Jackson Township.
In fact, county jails across the country are being used to hold illegal immigrants. The money for those county facilities come largely from property owners rather than income tax. Other facilities are privately-owned contractors who are paid by the government to administer the facilities.
The ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) website lists 82 correctional facilities holding illegal immigrants rather than sending them back to their home countries.
According to the online newsletter, Fierce Homeland Security (FHS):
The budget for Immigration and Customs Enforcement would drop by $255 million to $5.36 billion next fiscal year under the White House budget request. The agency would achieve most of the savings, about $185 million, by reducing its number of detention beds by 10 percent, from 34,000 to 30,539.
Funding for automation modernization – which includes the troubled TECS modernization – would also fall, from $34.9 million this year to $26 million in 2015. The deadline to overhaul TECS, the system used to check if people attempting to enter the country are admissible, is supposed to be September 2015. But a Government Accountability Office report released earlier this year cast doubt on ICE’s chances to finish the modernization on time.
A $964,000 request would provide new personnel, the equivalent of six full-time employees, to respond to Freedom of Information Act requests. ICE would be able to eliminate its FOIA backlog with the extra funds, DHS says.
According to FHS, the 2015 budget appropriates $362 thousand for border fencing, security, infrastructure and technology. Facilities management would require $482 thousand. For border security between points of entry (POE) ICE requested nearly $4 million. Funding for inspection and trade facilities at points of entry was a little less – $3.2 million.
How much money would the taxpayers save if the $159 per day to detain each illegal immigrant were, instead, spent on a one-way ticket back to their place of origin? Critics argue that the illegals would just come back another day. The chief point of entry is not our borders, which are undeniably porous, but our airports.
The border is an point of entry for illegals, particularly those with criminal backgrounds or criminal intent such as drug trafficking, are our borders with Mexico and Canada. Another point of entry for many Asians is our ports.
We need a comprehensive immigration plan that takes into account the various points of entry and what type of security will work best for each. Not Marco Rubio’s Gang of Eight immigration reform bill, which included a path for citizenship, but a real reform of our immigration policies that allow representatives of the Department of Homeland Security, border patrol agents (can you say Terry ), and sheriffs and deputies in the border states to carry out the law of the United States.
Breitbart reported yesterday that the ringleader of the gang that murdered Terry got a slap on the wrist for the killing.
Brian Terry, a member of an elite tactical unit, was killed on Dec. 14, 2010, in a fierce firefight with a rip crew of gunmen who had been trying to rob Mexican drug traffickers. In the aftermath of the shootout authorities learned that some of the weapons used to kill Agent Terry were part of the infamous Fast and Furious operation.
Under this operation the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco Firearms and Explosives (ATF) was allowing Mexican cartel members to purchase weapons in order to trace them to their source. Instead the agency lost thousands of weapons that fell into the hands of the Sinaloa Cartel.
According to court records obtained by Breitbart Texas, federal prosecutors asked that all of the charges against Rosario Rafael “El Pariente” Burboa Alvarez be dismissed except for one and that the sentence be 360 months in prison with credit given for time served. The story was initially reported by KVOA’s Michel Marizco and Lupita Murillo.
Burboa was described as a recruiter who hired out rip crews to rob Mexican cartel smugglers and paid them once the robbery was done. A ‘rip crew‘ is organized to seek to rip off people who are drug mules or traversing the border illegally.
That’s who Brian Terry, a former Marine and law enforcement officer, died defending? Drug mules crossing the border illegally who used weapons obtained through Eric Holder’s Fast and Furious campaign? A border patrol station in Bisbee, Ariz., has been named in his honor. The sentencing was announced on what would have been Terry’s 45th birthday
So we’re housing criminals who rob criminals using weapons provided by our own government, and using taxpayer money to then detain them.
If you can, attend the Elizabeth Contract Detention Center rally, or go to the ICE website and find a detention center, private or public, near you, and send the message to our government:
Give them a one-way ticket home.