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    Donald Trump Slams GOP For Considering Immigration Reform

    Donald Trump Slams GOP For Considering Immigration Reform, Says 'Border Secure From Europe' (VIDEO)

    The Huffington Post Posted: 04/01/2013 6:26 pm EDT

    Billionaire real estate mogul and reality TV star Donald Trump thinks the border is secure… from Europe.
    Speaking on Fox and Friends, one of the conservative network’s opinion shows, Trump sounded off against a pathway to citizenship, while implying that the United States should let more immigrants in from Europe.
    “They’re going to make it possible for 11 million or 12 million illegals to become citizens,” Trump said, referring to the GOP. “Every single one of those 12 million people will be voting against the Republicans.”
    The GOP has been trying to soften its tone on immigration and craft a bipartisan immigration reform after Mitt Romney’s poor performance among Hispanic voters last year. The GOP presidential hopeful carved out a hardline immigration position during a tough GOP primary, which most analysts think wound up alienating Latino voters. Romney won just 27 percent of the Hispanic vote -- the worst of any candidate since Bob Dole in 1996.
    Trump cited border security as another reason Republicans shouldn’t consider immigration reform.
    “The border’s not secure -- we don’t have secure borders anywhere -- the borders are secure from Europe,” Trump said. "I mean, the fact is if you want to come in from Europe and if you want to become a citizen and you’re not here illegally and you go through the paperwork and the filing, you can’t get in."
    Trump added that immigrants who study in U.S. universities on student visas should not be turned away after graduating.
    An aquatic barrier more than 3,000 miles of Atlantic Ocean separates the United States from Europe, making it more difficult to cross illegally than the U.S.-Mexico border, which is joined by land.
    Artistic representation of U.S.-European border.
    Nevertheless, by most indicators the U.S.-Mexico border is more secure now than it has been in decades. The flow of undocumented immigrants stands at net zero or less, border states register low levels of crime and there are almost twice as many Border Patrol agents stationed there now as in 2004.

    • The U.S.-Mexico border is violent

      It certainly is in some places, but those don't tend to be on the U.S. side. In fact, <a href="">El Paso, Texas and San Diego, California are the two safest cities in the country</a>, according to Congressional Quarterly. <a href="">While Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer has repeatedly said the border in her state is dangerous</a>, crime statistics reported by USA Today and The Huffington Post show that violent crime has dropped along the U.S.-Mexico border in Arizona, as well as California, New Mexico and Texas.
    • The porous U.S.-Mexico border is vulnerable to terrorists

      That’s not the assessment of the U.S. government. The Mexico section of the most recent <a href="">State Department's Country Reports on Terrorism reads</a>: < blockquote>No known international terrorist organization had an operational presence in Mexico and no terrorist group targeted U.S. citizens in or from Mexican territory. There was no evidence of ties between Mexican criminal organizations and terrorist groups, nor that the criminal organizations had political or territorial control, aside from seeking to protect and expand the impunity with which they conduct their criminal activity.</blockquote> H/T: <a href="">Washington Office on Latin America</a>.
    • The border is insecure

      Depends on how you define "secure." By practically all measurements, the border is at its most secure point in recent history. There's more than <a href="">20,000 Border Patrol agents stationed along the border now</a> -- about double the number since 2004. <a href="">Apprehensions along the border, one of the most reliable measures of illegal entry</a>, are at their lowest level in 40 years. But <a href="">p oliticians have yet to agree on how to define what "secure" will mean</a> for legal purposes.
    • Obama has been soft on enforcement

      Not so. In fact, it's one of the biggest gripes immigration activists have with him. While Obama has exempted many people who came to the United States as children from deportation, he has also set records, <a href="">deporting over 400,000 people last fiscal year and removing more migrants</a> in one term than George W. Bush did in two.
    • The U.S. hasn't committed enough resources to securing the border

      Again, depends on who you ask. The $18 billion the federal government spent on border enforcement in the 2012 fiscal year was more than it spent on than on other law enforcement agencies combined, <a href="">according to the Migration Policy Institute</a> -- about 15 times more than it did in the mid-1980s. Is that enough, especially in a context in which illegal immigration standsat net zero? If, not, what is?
    • Illegal immigration continues to skyrocket

      Nope. For all the talk from outraged politicians, you'd think that immigration along the U.S.-Mexico border remains at historically high levels. In fact, <a href="">illegal immigration from Mexico has dropped to net zero or less</a>, according to the Pew Hispanic Center.
    Last edited by JohnDoe2; 04-01-2013 at 09:19 PM.

    Don't reward the criminal actions of millions of illegal aliens by giving them citizenship.

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