Chuck Norris on Ben Quayle and Border Violence


This guest column appears today on Townhall.com. Don’t forget that Congressman Ben Quayle’s town hall meeting is tonight. (Details)

Exaggerated U.S. Border Violence? Hardly

By Chuck Norris

I agree with Rep. Ben Quayle, R-Ariz., who said that for cattle ranchers, the daily reality of drug and human smugglers traversing their property is “far more impacting” than Napolitano conveys. Quayle went on to say, “Statistics and averages might mean something to government bureaucrats and analysts in Washington, but try telling the people who deal with these realities every day that the violence along the border has subsided.”

Because of the feds’ ineptness and passivity, it’s no wonder that half the states in our union are taking matters into their own hands regarding border enforcement and immigration. Arizona-style laws have been proposed in approximately 24 other states. A total of 346 laws and resolutions related to immigration were approved by state lawmakers in 2010, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. More than 100 immigration-related bills are pending in Texas.

Texas Department of Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples just launched ProtectYourTexasBorder.com, where users can upload pictures and videos about their experiences with suspected drug traffickers at the Mexican border. The goal of the website is to warn the public about not only the dangers to farmers and ranchers but also the potential impacts on the nation’s food supply.

According to the Texas Department of Agriculture, at the Texan border alone there are:

  • Close to 8,200 farms and ranches, covering more than 15 million acres.
  • Producers of beef, fruits and vegetables that are essential to the nation’s food supply.
  • Counties that account for about half the state’s fruit and vegetable production and about 4 percent of the state’s total agricultural income.
  • Farms and ranches that make more than $700 million in agricultural sales every year.

Exaggerating border violence?

The only ones exaggerating are the feds — under-exaggerating the threat and severity of border violence and over-exaggerating their success of securing the United States’ southwestern border.

In fact, this past Thursday, Napolitano continued her same Obama-victorious-song-and-dance act at the U.S.-Mexico Congressional Border Issues Conference, boasting of (as summarized by her office) the Obama administration’s “unprecedented efforts to strengthen security along the Southwest border, which include increasing the number of Border Patrol agents from approximately 10,000 in 2004 to more than 20,700 today.”

But while the Obama administration continues to embellish its record, PolitiFact pointed out that it’s actually stealing its predecessor’s glory: “President George W. Bush was responsible for adding many of the agents on the ground now.”

Paul Babeu, sheriff of Pinal County, Ariz., put it well when he said that Napolitano’s talking points about security on the border have “more to do with political pivoting for the 2012 elections than (they do) with what is happening on the border.”

Ms. Napolitano, the truth is it’s you who is misleading the public. Playing down border violence and trumping up Washington’s successes may be effective for campaign rhetoric, but it’s killing our citizens — literally. At least I can agree 100 percent with you on this point: As you said back on Jan. 31, let’s “be honest with the people we serve. … Let’s stick with the facts. We need to be upfront and clear about what’s really happening along our borders.”

 


Comments

  1. amattclarkson says:

    Awesome. Not only is he the toughest/coolest/meanest son of gun, but he understands how important securing the border is. Texas ranger indeed.

    When Chuck Norris jumps into ocean, he doesn’t get wet. The ocean gets Chuck Norris.

  2. Steve Calabrese says:

    Pfft. Nice words, Chuck, but we all know that if you would just go down to the border, the problem would be solved. Indeed, if you were to actually step foot across the border onto Mexican territory, the drug gangs would disband, and Mexico would go from being a corrupt cesspool and turn into one of the most propsperous countries in the world. Why are you holding back?

    Seriously, nice to see him chiming in on this. I mean, who can ever argue with Chuck Norris?

  3. As someone who has worked near the Arizona-Mexico border numerous times and often in remote places, I can say that, yes, it’s all very exaggerated.

  4. Oh, that’s a comfort. Who sits around a hot, empty desert when the city beckons? Frankly, if the trouble STAYED at the sparsely inhabited border areas, who’d care?

    • Most migrants go through that hot empty desert since it’s easier to go undetected than to walk through a city. Smugglers, while having different motives, have similar thoughts. Looking suspicious often brings the fuzz.

  5. WHy border security matters to EVERYONE:

    http://pajamasmedia.com/blog/doj-memo-confirms-terrorists-have-crossed-the-border-pjm-exclusive/

    In the DOJ sentencing memorandum, federal prosecutors explain that Dhakane knowingly smuggled violent jihadists into the country:
    More importantly, based on the Defendant’s recorded statements and admissions made to law enforcement agents, the Defendant was a former member, or at the very least, associated with [Al-Ittihad al-Islami] AIAI, an SDGT, and that he believed that there was no separation of personnel between AIAI, the Council of Islamic Courts, and Al-Shabbab, a designated [Foreign Terrorist Organization] FTO.
    He admits that he knowingly believed he was smuggling violent jihadists into the United States with the full knowledge that if the decision was made by the SDGT, for which he was associated with in the past, to commit terrorist acts in the United States, these jihadists would commit violent acts in and against the United States. Because the law enforcement authorities are constantly trying to investigate, detect, and prevent the infiltration of potentially violent jihadists, the Defendant’s lies hid critical information from the United States authorities regarding his successful smuggling activities. Thus, the preponderance of the evidence proves that the other obvious motivation for him to lie on his asylum application was to cover up and obstruct the fact from United States authorities that he facilitated the smuggling of violent jihadists who are now present into the United States. (pp. 10-11)

  6. Wanumba, Maybe you are right. So we should use the same strategy we use at airports only on the border. Lets put TSA agents on the borders to frisk everyone coming into the country. Logistically pretty difficult to get those little walk through stations all along the border though.
    OR – maybe we should do something that would make sense BOTH at the airports and at the border and stop wasting time frisking everyone – cause its too costly and ineffective – and have our security and intelligence aparatus find the fricking terrorists and shoot them in the head before they get here!
    Wanumba, you of all people know that the strategy of checking everybody at the airport is a waste of time, you probably (maybe) support the Israeli model of having competent intelligence staff running the security at airports and just focusing on the potentially dangerous and not hassling everyone.
    The same logic applies to the border – use resources to focus on the real bad guys, smugglers and terrorists and dont waste time on the dishwasher that wants to come here to work. If you could show me that the first job – getting the dangerous bad guys – was getting done already, then i would say, sure go ahead and spend other resources on keeping everybody out. But you and I and Napolitano know that bad guys are coming here every day and they are not FOCUSED on keeping them out first!

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