California with its mere 140 miles of border with Mexico and 840 miles of coastline has more than 30 million people per year crossing from Mexico into its lands at The San Ysidro port of entry alone according to government statistics and Huffpost. Their article was written in 2012 and based on figures from 2003 forward. Of the 1.8 million Mexicans whom ICE deported back to their native country since 2003, San Ysidro has seen 360,172 – nearly 20 percent of the total – pass through its gates. Tijuana also has received through the San Ysidro port of entry and its smaller sister port of Otay Mesa more than 220,000 criminals, or nearly 1 of 4 Mexicans convicted of a crime who have been removed from the United States by ICE. On any given day, the agency buses 100 to 160 Mexicans, many recently released from jail, from the Los Angeles area to San Diego, with most repatriated through San Ysidro. Each month, the agency flies another 1,200 or so deportees to San Diego, where they are then bused to the border crossing to be removed.
San Diego County, which abuts Mexico for 60 miles, has 46 miles of fence and a double layer covering 13 of those miles. The border fence gets no respect. Drug traffickers have smashed trucks into the barrier, trying to break through. Coyotes routinely use axes and battery-powered saws to slice the steel mesh. Keeping California’s border fence intact is a $9 million-a-year job requiring surveillance cameras, underground sensors, stadium lights and roving bands of welders. Included in the tab: the cost of maintaining the roads, bridges and lights along the fence. Yet in the stretch between the San Ysidro and Otay Mesa border crossings, human-sized holes are punching through the fence about 550 times a year. San Diego Tribune, May 2016
For years before the fence, people flooded the open “soccer field,” waiting for nightfall to mask their northbound passage. Operation Gatekeeper was initiated under Bill Clinton in 1994, to bulk up the Border Patrol’s presence — in the San Diego sector, staffing tripled.
The first phase of Gatekeeper focused on the 5 5/8 westernmost miles of the border, extending from the Pacific Ocean to the San Ysidro Port of Entry. The primary fence was about 8 feet tall. A second fence, almost twice as tall. Networks of cameras perched on tall poles and electronic sensors buried in the earth. Phase two also introduced IDENT, an automated biometric identification system, to facilitate identification of repeat offenders and “criminal aliens”, i.e., undocumented immigrants with criminal records or active warrants. The Border Patrol also intensified relations with local law enforcement agencies to counter the flow of migrants through the Otay Mountains. It is said by Agent Martinez that the Coyotes are breaking through the wall but that the bulk of the drug smuggling operations tunnel under the wall.
Even though in 2009, the federal government estimated that adding 3.5 miles of fence to a rugged part of San Diego County would cost $58 million, or a little less than $1 million per 100 yards. In 2007, the Congressional Research Office estimated the cost of building 700 miles of fence, and then maintaining it for 25 years: $49 billion. Agent R.C. Martinez argued that the border is more secure today than it has been in years. In 2015, apprehensions in the San Diego sector were the lowest (26,290) since 1968 (24,116), and a 96 percent decrease since the 1986 peak of 629,656. He credits that to more agents and better technology.
Office of California Attorney General Statistical Crime Data 2015 Statistics:
- The violent and property crime rates per 100,000 population increased from 2014 to 2015, but the 2015 rates remain 2.9 and 0.4 percent lower than 2010 (respectively) and about half of the rates seen 20 years ago.
- After 2 years of decreases, the homicide rate increased in 2015 (from 4.4 to 4.8 per 100,000).
- The 2015 total arrest rate of 3,808.6 per 100,000 population at risk is 5.2 percent lower than the 2014 total arrest rate of 4,017.3.
- In 2015, the adult total arrest rate decreased 4.4 percent while the juvenile total arrest rate decreased 17.1 percent.
- In 2015, the total violent offense arrest rate increased 1.0 percent. The homicide arrest rate remained the same and the robbery and kidnapping arrest rates increased 6.7 and 15.2 percent, respectively.
- In 2015, 45.4 percent of misdemeanor arrests were either alcohol – or drug-related.
California and in particular certain cities have taken a stand to become sanctuary cities and as a state as of February 201. There have been clashes between governing enforcement and ICE for several years before that because the enforcement was lax or ignoring the law at times and not reporting or holding known felons for ICE pick up.
Governor Brown held office from 1975-1983. He returned to office in 2011 and was re-elected in 2014 got 4 more years. This is his last consecutive stint. He must drop out a term again by California law if he wants to run again.
Advocates are blaming recent raids on Trump’s call for stronger deportation enforcement; ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) spokespersons say that the raids are business as usual. With so much conflicting information nine researchers with RiseUpCalifornia research team delved into the issue of ICE raids compared to past sweeps looking for evidence of business as usual vs.changes resulting from Trumps promise to remove immigrants.
According to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) archives, in Fiscal Year 2014 (October 1, 2013 to September 30, 2014) ICE made a total of 315,943 removals or returns. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) conducted another 577,295 removals and returns (414,481 removals and 162,814 returns). U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) made another 486,651 apprehensions, nearly all of which were along the southwest border. Of ICE’s 315,943 removals and returns, 85% were of convicted criminals. 98% of the total removals and returns met at least one of ICE’s civil immigration enforcement priorities. Of ICE’s total removals in FY 2014, 213,719 of their removals and returns occurred while or shortly after the individuals were attempting to illegally enter the United States. The remaining 102,224 were apprehended in the interior of the United States.
There were a total of 235,413 removals during Fiscal Year 2015 (October 1, 2014 to September 30, 2015). 96,045 of those removals were non-criminal immigration violators, and the other 139,368 (59%) were convicted criminals. Of the total removals conducted for FY 2015, 69,478 were interior removals – 91% of these interior removals were previously convicted of a crime. The other 165,935 removals were apprehended at or near the border or ports of entry.
For FY 2016 (October 1, 2015 to September 30 2016) Ice conducted a total of 240,255 removals; 65,332 of those removals were interior removals, 92% of which were previously convicted of a crime. 174,923 removals of individuals in FY 2016 occurred at or near the border or ports of entry. 58% of all ICE removals for FY 2016 were previously convicted of a crime. 99.3% of all ICE FY 2016 removals met at least one of ICE’s civil immigration enforcement priorities.
On February 13, 2017, DHS Secretary Kelly released a statement regarding recent ICE operations, describing them as targeting public safety threats. According to his statement, 75% of these recent arrests were immigrants with a criminal background. These arrests included 161 arrested in Los Angeles.
In November 2016, Jerry Brown pushed hard to pass Proposition 57 to loosen prison parole rules. The voters passed the proposition by almost two-thirds of the voters. The major clash came in that the wording of the proposition and the understanding of its intent as pushed by Brown were very different. Prosecutors accused the governor of hiding the fact that some prisoners convicted of brutal sexual assault crimes, for example, would be eligible for parole under Proposition 57. It also brought into question that prior convictions were ignored in the releases. Los Angeles Times, November 2016
The latest debacle occurred last weekend when forty or more young adults rushed aboard a crowded BART train and robbed as well as injured several people then jumped off in some sort of coordinated effort. This was not an innocent “mob party or dance”. It was criminal and resulted in injuries to victims. No persons have been named or targeted by any means though of course the investigation is ongoing.
There were a few exterior photos but nothing inside the train to help identify the attackers. In one photo widely viewed, there are several Black young people jumping over a stile. In another photo were several youths that could be Hispanic as well as Blacks and Whites milling around. BART made the dumb mistake of only having sham cameras on their trains so there is no help there.
In other words, the looser methods of dealing with violence by the California local governments and the governor’s office are a total bust. It is simply emboldening and empowering disenfranchised and morally bankrupt youths to continue to escalate violence in cities where gun laws are strong and enforcement has been weakened by poor decisions and power-mad politicians. Their method of identifying and acceleration of releasing criminals in their prisons is in and of itself a violation and criminal act against citizens of the state.
I personally feel no sympathy for liberals caught up in this idiocy. Conservatives have my prayers for their safety. However, it’s time to shut down this lunacy within California borders. Other states can see it; but, only citizens of the state can fix it.
Liberals have been fine for at least eight years with the mass deportation and arrests of criminal illegal immigrants as well as the Clinton era. So what is the difference — one word – Trump. Had it been a socialist or Obama that said and did the same thing then I really doubt anything would have been said or done against the current administration.
Hypocrites! And those in media that mouth off the same rhetoric are lower than “rag mag” reporters!