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El Paso Times: Immigration Rhetoric Doesn’t Jive with Data

border patrol 3By Editorial Board
El Paso Times

A major state agency is proposing a massive increase in spending despite providing little if any evidence that its current spending is effective or needed. That scenario would normally bring accusations of bloated government from Texas’ conservative leadership.

But not when the subject is border security.

The Texas Department of Public Safety is proposing a 39 percent increase in border security spending for the next biennium. That comes on top of a doubling in border security spending approved in the 2015 legislative session.

If the Legislature approves the increase in spending next year – and history suggests that it will – state spending on border security will have grown from $120 million in 2010 to $1 billion.

And it’s entirely unclear what Texas is getting for all that money, other than a shift in where DPS troopers are writing traffic warnings and citations.

The idea of the border as a war zone has been popular in Republican circles for years, despite repeated evidence that illegal immigration is on the decline and border communities have much lower crime rates than comparable communities across the country.

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Homeland Security Director Urges Republican Presidential Candidates to Tone Down Rhetoric

Jeh Johnson

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Frustrated with the fear-mongering rhetoric of Republican candidates for president, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said it’s time for more “responsible dialogue,” the Washington Post reports. 

“All of us in public office, those who aspire to public office and who command a microphone owe the public calm, responsible dialogue and decision-making,” Johnson said at a conference hosted by Latino lawmakers. “Not overheated, over simplistic rhetoric and proposals of superficial appeal. In a democracy, the former leads to smart and sustainable policy. The latter can lead to fear, hate, suspicion, prejudice and government overreach. These words are especially true in matters of homeland security and they are especially true in matters of immigration policy.”

Johnson said illegal border entries continue to fall, despite public opinion that it’s on the rise.

The rhetoric, Johnson said, is causing unnecessary fear and calls for extraordinary measures.

“Building a wall across the entire Southwest border is not the answer,” Johnson said.

Homeland Security Director Compares Terrorism Rhetoric to Red Scare

Jeh Johnson

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

In what appears to be a swipe at Republican candidates, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson warned against “over-simplistic rhetoric” about terrorism that recalls the sensational Communist red scares in the 1950s, CNN reports.

The comments came during a lecture at Westminster College in Missouri as authorities discussed terrorism and immigration.

Johnson cautioned that overheated rhetoric can cause unnecessary “fear, hate, suspicion, prejudice and government over-reach.”

“In this environment, the first impulse may be to suspect all Muslims living among us in this country are potential terrorists,” Johnson said.