Monday, May 21, 2007

Immigration Bill - 1348

This is absolutely fascinating!
SEC. 116. DEATHS AT UNITED STATES-MEXICO BORDER.

(a) Collection of Statistics.--The Commissioner of the Bureau of Customs and Border Protection shall collect statistics relating to deaths occurring at the border between the United States and Mexico, including--
(1) the causes of the deaths; and
(2) the total number of deaths.
(b) Report.--Not later than 1 year after the date of enactment of this Act, and annually thereafter, the Commissioner of the Bureau of Customs and Border Protection shall submit to the Secretary a report that--
(1) analyzes trends with respect to the statistics collected under subsection (a) during the preceding year; and
(2) recommends actions to reduce the deaths described in subsection (a).
Well, nobody is in favor of letting people die, but this sounds suspiciously like the actions taken by do-gooders right now. They want to keep people from dying in the desert, so they leave water and food for them. Such actions led to more people crossing the border, and in comfort.

Section 126, on Document Integrity, seems to place its faith on the technological methods. I hate to bring it up, but there is NO method that can't be beaten. Human checking, verifying, and reliance on that "human 6th sense" have proven to be more effective in the long run.

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